Molinari survives wild day to win British Open

25 July, 2018, 22:31 | Author: Amy Huff
  • Spieth's title defense at British Open ends without a bang

Francesco Molinari of Italy (R) is congratulated by Tiger Woods of the United States after a birdie on the 18th hole during the final round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 22, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland.

Runner-up in 2012 and a last-day leader in 2013 and 2015, Scott has given himself a fighting chance once again of becoming the first Australian since his childhood idol Greg Norman, a quarter of a century ago, to win the Open.

He eventually had to settle for a share of sixth spot, three strokes behind victor Francesco Molinari of Italy. This is the best way I could have spent my birthday. "If they won, they'll probably get the headlines". "But it's been the same the whole of my career".

His charge was a 2-under 69 in the strongest wind of the week, the only player from the last four groups to break par.

Tiger Woods, with Molinari as his playing partner, briefly ascended the lead on his own but a double bogey at the 11th was to prove his undoing, and he couldn't pressure Molinari into any errors the rest of the way. He followed that with a bogey and never caught up.

The two players missed chances to take the lead for good but missed short putts on the 17th and 16th holes, respectively, before the Italian grabbed a one-shot advantage with a seven-foot birdie putt on the closing hole.

"On top of that I made some longer putts and I was saying to the guys earlier that before we teed off, there were a lot of guys between three to five under par through 14 holes".

Eddie Pepperell shot the low round on the final day and held the clubhouse lead until fellow Englishman Justin Rose swiped it. They ran out of holes.

The red-hot European made par for the first 13 holes on the final day as he watched the weather play havoc with a number of tournament favourites. He missed an 8-footer on No. 5 for the outright lead. He poured it in, raised his right fist and shook it lightly before slamming it for emphasis. At one point, he went over to the practice green, but not to prepare for a playoff.

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"It's just going to go in the memory bank as a positive". Very proud of - obviously, playing with Tiger was another challenge because of the crowds and everything. Woods finished tied for sixth.

McIlroy eagled the 14th from 40 feet as he finished 6-under-par, but it was Molinari who stayed solid, stayed calm and got the job done. He said it felt like old times.

Schauffele did not hear the cheers that greeted Molinari's final putt.

Thorbjornsen, from Wellesley, Massachusetts, birdied the par-4 30th hole - after his drive hit a tree and landed in the fairway - to square the match.

Already a two-time major champion with titles at St. Andrews and Augusta National, the 42-year-old from Iowa now has made the cut 12 straight times in the British Open, a streak that began at Carnoustie in 2007.

His anger over his mistakes was tempered by perspective, comparing it to Serena Williams losing in the finals at Wimbledon.

"Even if I don't play my best golf and don't shoot the scores I want, I'm going to go down swinging, and I'm going to go down giving it my best", he said. After leaving Carnoustie, he anticipated a phone call from friend Serena Williams, who also had a close call after a recent return from a lengthy absence.

"I love where my putter is and love my position going into the weekend", Kisner said.

It might sting even worse for Spieth. Spieth went from a bogey-free round on Saturday that gave him a share of the lead to a birdie-free round that led to a 76, his highest Sunday score in a major. That turns the hole into a par 4 really.

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