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At British Open, Molinari breaks U.S. stranglehold on majors

At British Open, Molinari breaks U.S. stranglehold on majors

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

"It's just disbelief. To look at the names on that Claret Jug, obviously, what can you say?"

He offered "congratulations" to the runners-up, saying the Open had been a "tough fight". It's been a tough fight-there's only one victor, unfortunately, in golf.

"Judging by the conditions and what's going to be going on, I would imagine it's going to be more of a grind all day", said Kisner, who has been sharing a house with Spieth and several other American stars in Scotland this week.

Jordan Spieth, who shared the overall lead with Kisner and Schauffele after three rounds, struggled Sunday to a 76 and finished four shots behind Molinari at 4 under. They only watched golf because of Tiger. "The alternative was I was back home and ruing another Open Championship slipped away". Never got angry. I just didn't make a putt today. He now holds a one shot lead and is in a great position to win his first major.

"I'm lost for words", Molinari said after his 2-under-par 69 landed him at 8-under for the tournament, two shots ahead of a four-way logjam in second.

I actually thought there was something about the way Tiger Woods played on this golf course that he was going to be the one that could handle the wind. "He hit a lot of lovely little pitches up there to basically kick-ins".

On a day that was flawless for low scoring, Woods let rip with his driver and tucked into the birdie buffet with his red-hot putter, briefly grabbing a share of the lead - something the American had not done at a major since the 2013 Masters.

"To go the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable. And then whatever happened happened, where we just were in the strangest spots possible on the golf course, you know, where we didn't think we would be".

A nerve-menacing British Open on Sunday that taxed the brain and filled the ears and hastened the breathing wound up going to the guy who epitomized stability so much that he began with 13 straight pars. So to get to shoot 6-under yesterday was massive. I missed a few shots, but I was up-and-down from pretty well from everywhere.

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Spieth gambled with a shot to clear the burn on No. 6 and went into a gorse bush, making double bogey.

Tiger Wood plays from the third tee at the British Open championships where he tied for sixth place.

Two birdies on the front nine on Sunday, coupled with dropped shots for Spieth and Schauffele, helped him take the outright lead of a major for the first time since his peak years.

Woods made the most of his good fortune to make par.

He stayed there most of the back nine and was a shot back after a birdie at the par-5 14. "I've played with him before in Ryder Cups and in big occasions, so I knew what was coming, and I was ready for it".

By 4.21 in the afternoon he was joint leader and 10 minutes later he was atop the leaderboard alone at seven under par.

Justin Rose - the man who only made the cut on Friday by holing a 10-foot birdie putt on 18 - then came up on the rails to get to six under par with another birdie on the final hole. Today was a day that I had a great opportunity.

"I feel like my game's in good shape".

There were the Rory McIlory fans praying that the Northern Irishman would end a four-year drought with his second Open crown.


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