Francesco Molinari wins Open as Tiger Woods falls short

Hope Soto
July 23, 2018

It's the closest he's been to the lead in a major championship since he was two back at Muirfield in 2013.

Molinari won the British Open title at Carnoustie on Sunday after a final round of 69 saw him finish on eight under par. And with Schauffele dropping a shot at the 17th, it mean that the American had to hole his approach to the last to force a playoff.

Molinari would be the first Italian to win a major championship.

Schauffele and Kisner are both bidding to win a first major, with the latter hoping to avoid a repeat of last year's US PGA Championship, when he led going into the final day but finished in a tie for seventh.

The good news for the chasing pack aiming to overhaul joint leaders Spieth and Schauffele was that six of the seven Open winners at Carnoustie have come from off the pace, Ben Hogan the exception after sharing the 54-hole lead in 1953.

"A little ticked off at myself, for sure", Woods said.

"That was good. I played well today".

Woods lost the lead with one bad swing that would have been even farther left of the 11th green had it not crashed into the fans, leading to double bogey.

Woods sent his second shot into the gallery, with the ball rebounding out into the rough. His best chance was at the 14th, where he three-putted for par from about 40 feet.

A charging Woods had taken the lead with nine holes to play as the leaders suffered in the testing winds.

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Woods, seeking his 15th major championship and first since 2008, leads by one stroke on 7 under from playing partner Francesco Molinari and Spieth.

That will make it more hard on the opening stretch of holes for everyone in the later groups, including Spieth who hit a driver onto the first green and made eagle on his way to a 65 that tied him with Kisner and Xander Schauffele. On this day, Zach Johnson didn't matter to most of the crowd at the British Open, and neither did Kevin Kisner.

All of them made mistakes, big and small. He shot 66 in the third round to make a move up the leaderboard.

However, it was not to be for the American great, who went double bogey-bogey at 11 and 12 and was unable to mount a challenge from there. Then he missed a 4-footer for par at No. 3.

The round ties the low at Carnoustie shot in the final round in 2007 by Steve Stricker and Richard Green.

"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".

Spieth and Schauffele have parred their first two holes.

Jordan Spieth of the United States, left, and Kevin Chappell of the USA finish the third round of the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland, Saturday July 21, 2018.

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.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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