Francesco Molinari wins The Open to claim maiden Major

26 July, 2018, 20:16 | Author: Amy Huff
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"It feels weird", Molinari, now the first Italian to win any of golf's four major championships, told Sky Sports on Monday.

He had briefly tied the lead when he got to eight under after holing a 20-foot putt for his second birdie of the day at the second hole, but a late bogey left the four-time major victor three adrift of halfway leader Brian Harman.

"You know, it just wasn't to be - I just ran out of holes".

Rocca was the country's most successful player but the closest he came to the Claret Jug was losing a play-off to John Daly at St Andrews in 1995, having famously holed a 60-foot birdie putt on the 18th. After Woods hit one of the best shots we've seen from him in years on the 10th hole, he turned around and missed the fairway off the tee.

Francesco Molinari was only half joking when he said his stunning British Open victory might make the headlines back home - as long Ferrari had not won the Grand Prix in Hockenheim.

He reached the turn in 34 strokes and with Spieth and Schauffele imploding a few holes back Woods was suddenly clear at the top of the leaderboard on seven-under.

New Open champion Francesco Molinari is hoping his Carnoustie success can inspire his older brother, Edoardo, to regain the sort of form that earned him two victories in Scotland.

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Woods already has been appointed an assistant captain, just as he was at Hazeltine two years ago.

"He's always been a great player", McIlroy said. I knew I was coming in with some good golf but my record around here was bad so that didn't make me too optimistic about the week, but I just tried to not think about it and focus on hitting good shots day by day. "I knew I was coming in with some good golf but my record around here was awful so that didn't make me too optimistic about the week, but I just tried to not think about it and focus on hitting good shots day by day".

Furyk said a big part of his decision on captain's picks would be matching players with the course at Le Golf National, where the matches will be played. I don't back away.

Woods, who was watched by his children and got adoring hugs as he left the final green, admitted he was "a little ticked off with himself" but said his close friend and tennis superstar Serena Williams - who lost in the Wimbledon singles final last weekend - would set him right.

This wasn't on the golf course.

"This was his first taste of major championship drama for quite a while", McIlroy said. "My mindset was, 'Go and spoil the party here"'. "It gives me a lot of encouragement going into the final major of the year (at next month's U.S. PGA)".

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