British Open at a glance

Ruben Holloway
July 25, 2018

Francesco Molinari played a steady hand amid another insane ending at Carnoustie and won the British Open to become Italy's first major champion.

Meanwhile, Spieth eagled the first hole to signal his intent, his drive at the par four having rolled to within 10 feet of the cup before another birdie at the fourth left him six under and tied with overnight leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, along with Kevin Chappell - who birdied his first three. He had to scramble to make birdie on the day's easiest hole, the short par-5 14th hole, but his 20-foot birdie putt kept his chances alive.

Starting the final round three shots behind co-leaders Kisner, Schauffele and defending champion Jordan Spieth, Molinari plotted his way round with 13 consecutive pars to move into a share of the lead as the other leading contenders struggled to deal windy conditions, according to the European Tour's website.

There was no denying the glimpses of a prime Woods though, who led on Sunday in a major for the first time since the 2009 PGA Championship. He had a one-shot lead until a double bogey on the 11th hole, a bogey on the next.

Woods completed the tourney in sixth place, three shots back of Molinari, his playing partner.

Francesco Molinari didn't get the loudest cheers at the British Open. But 69 was the low score among the first 22 players out in Sunday's final round as the breeze was blowing 15-20 miles per hour.

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Molinari played his final 37 holes without a bogey or worse.

Of the eight Opens that have been held at Carnoustie, only one of the 24 players that have either held or owned the lead outright after the third round have gone on to win the title, Ben Hogan in 1953. "Then ask me again".

Spieth failed to make a birdie in the final round, adding instead three bogeys and a double-bogey, the latter courtesy of that visit to the bush on the par-5 sixth.

"Chaotic is probably the best way to put it", he said.

Marc Leishman found himself nine strokes off the pace despite also shooting a third-round 69, while Jason Day is 10 back after a disappointing 72.

Spieth hit 8-iron through a gap in the trees for a birdie-birdie start to the back nine, and he dropped only one shot - not four like he did on Thursday - over the four closing holes at Carnoustie for a 67. Hopefully, there were a lot of young kids watching on TV today, like I was watching Costantino in '95 coming so close. His 66 was his first weekend round in the 60s in the Open since 2007.

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"Francesco played really solidly today", said Woods.

"Anyone can look at it however they want to but I'm going to look at it as a positive moving forward, and try to learn how to handle the situations a little better next time". I made a couple mistakes around the green there.

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

"I was just concentrating on trying to play the last four holes under par". It was meant to be what I normally get and instead he went a little shorter.

Rose finished almost three hours before the leaders teed off, and was at 4 under for the tournament, two shots off the lead held by Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner.

Holes were running out and the par-three 16th which had withstood all the preceding golfers during the round also refused to yield to him.

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He did birdie the par-5 14th to remain within two and did have a 6-footer for birdie to tie the clubhouse lead at 6 under, but that was with Molinari facing a 4-footer for birdie to get in at 8 under.

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