Francesco Molinari Wins the British Open

2018 British Open: Francesco Molinari wins Open championship as Tiger Woods falls short

"That was good. I played well today".

And through all that suspense, Molinari never flinched.

Moments: Molinari made deft up-and-down after deft up-and-down on the back nine, highlighted by an exquisite chip from near a gorse bush behind the 13th green and a massive par save.

Francesco Molinari was absolutely stellar on Sunday at the Open Championship, scrambling his way to a nice bogey-free round of 69 while the rest of the contenders were beaten up by Carnoustie on a windy day along the North Sea coast.

Without a bogey in his last two rounds on the windswept Scottish links, Molinari was a worthy victor who arrived at Carnoustie with two victories and two seconds in his past five starts this season.

Kisner, who started the day in a three-way tie for the lead with Spieth and Schauffele, took double-bogey on No. 2.

A deafening roar reverberated around the course when he sunk a long birdie putt on the fourth to move to within three of the lead along with playing partner Francesco Molinari. "I felt I was ready for the challenge". "I've shown that I've been there close enough with a chance to win this year".

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Woods spoke after his final round about what his kids being there meant to him. They were together three weeks ago when Molinari closed with a 62 to win the Quicken Loans National, with Woods presenting him the trophy.

But, for much of the afternoon it looked as though everything was falling into place for Woods to pull off a barely believable victory, his first anywhere since 2013 - and first major since the 2008 US Open. He finished tied for third.

On the par-four first hole, he lashed his drive to within six foot of the hole.

For the victor of every one of these major championships, there always are moments and factoids that represent the road map to victory.

Shortly thereafter, Spieth and Schauffele both made bogey at the par-4 5th hole. With another tough save from off the green at the 16th, he didn't miss a shot the rest of the way.

The 14-times major victor eventually signed for a 71 and a share of sixth at five under with Englishman Eddie Pepperell - who claimed the clubhouse lead early in the day with a last-round low 67 - and fellow American Kevin Chappell (73). Molinari has been a professional golfer since 2005 and a victor since 2006, but here at the age of 35, he's playing some of the best golf of his career.

The 35-year-old Molinari, who became the first Italian to win a major championship, overcame a final-round leaderboard littered with some of the biggest stars of the game.

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