Francesco Molinari Wins the 2018 Open Championship

Molinari's ranks right up there with all of those.

When he missed an 8-footer to make double bogey he was out of the lead. His final round 76 was his worst round four score in a major.

But a double bogey on 11 dashed Woods' hopes of capturing his first major victory since 2008. In no time at all the dream had died but it was fun while it lasted.

"You know, I've done it before".

"I certainly am not the No. 1 player in the world that ends in 'Johnson", he said. "That's why I went to the putting green because I probably would have felt sick watching on TV", he added after following in the footsteps of Spieth, who won past year at Royal Birkdale. Hopefully, there were a lot of young kids watching on TV today, like I was watching Costantino coming so close. I wasn't confident he'd be up for the grind and I was right.

"To go the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest", he said. Yesterday I hit driver, 5 iron, which is more the Carnoustie 18th hole that we know.

"I got beaten up around here a few times already in the past", Molinari said. "Twenty minutes ago, I was not very delighted".

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In what was an energetic finish to the links golf thriller, Woods gave a solid account of himself on the final day to finish an overall five-under-par and tie sixth at Carnoustie alongside Eddie Pepperell and Kevin Chappell.

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Molinari settled for the best cheer of them all. He'd acquired the knowledge. It felt great to be part of the mix and build my way into the championship.

From Jordan Spieth's blown lead, to Tiger Woods's comeback, Justin Rose's climb from almost missing the cut into a tie for second, and Rory McIlroy's brilliant display on the back nine on Sunday, this 2018 Open Championship was nothing less than spectacular.

Playing in his traditional last-day red shirt, Woods continued to turn the screws.

Francesco Molinari, of Italy, won the 147th British Open in Carnoustie, Scotland on Sunday.

As the mental pressure cranks up to ten on the back-nine on Sunday, standing over shots knowing you've recently won is clearly a big plus.

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. He didn't bogey a single hole, and scored two birdies, good enough to finish the tournament eight under par.

And finally, as the old saying goes, there are lies, damned lies and statistics.

Seven times the 37-year-old has finished in the top five of a major without managing to enter the winner's circle but he has proved he belongs among the game's elite ever since he tied for fourth on his British Open debut in 1998. How quickly it all changes though. He has won The Open Championship, still known colloquially to many as the British Open, three times, including back to back triumphs in 2005 and 2006. Molly was runner-up there. "I focused on my process and on hitting good shots and on playing smart golf".


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