Published: Wed, July 25, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

British Open: Nike Athlete Francesco Molinari Wins Italy’s First Major Golf Title

British Open: Nike Athlete Francesco Molinari Wins Italy’s First Major Golf Title

Kisner, who led after the first round and was a co-leader after the second round, parred his last four holes for a 68.

Jordan Spieth will take a share of the lead into the final round of the 147th British Open as he looks to become the first back-to-back victor for a decade.

Reputed to be the toughest links in golf, especially in the 20 miles per hour gusts that finally arrived Sunday, Molinari stopped playing the Dunhill Links Championship because that one stop on the three-course rotation ate him up.

The 14-times major victor had to settle for a closing 71 and a 279 aggregate. His 69 in the final round featured a bogey on the fifth, an eagle on the par-5, 14th hole and a closing birdie on the final hole to push him to 6 under. Schauffele has two holes remaining. He looked like the trophy-hoisting Tiger of old when he violently extricated a short-iron shot from a fairway bunker on the 10th.

Not since Woods in 2006 has the defending champion gone into the final round with at least a share of the lead.

However, the 42-year-old 14-time major victor had his rivals rattled when he grabbed the lead thanks to two birdies on the front nine while they were dropping shots.

"Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah", said Woods, who finished the tournament finished tied for sixth, three shots behind playing partner Molinari.

The US golfer finished the Open on -5 under par, though ultimately it wasn't enough to win him his 15th major.

Pepperell teed off at 11.40 a.m. local time with Phil Mickelson.

Tiger Woods says not being able to convert a one-shot lead at the Open Championship into a shock 15th major title is "going to sting".

The pretenders stumbled on the march for home, Chappell's double-bogey six at 17 making him the first to fall.

"This wasn't a fluke", 2017 Open champion Jordan Spieth told reporters.

And then, he grabbed a share of the lead when Schauffele bogeyed the sixth and Spieth doubled. Woods and Schauffele now shared the lead.

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And he could get the battle with Tiger Woods he has always hoped for with the 14-time major victor among the chasing pack after a day of low scoring at a defenceless Carnoustie.

A monster birdie putt on the ninth had him punching the air in celebration and took him to three-under for the day and the tournament.

Large crowds are following the 42-year-old Woods, who has yet to win in his latest comeback. After a layup, he hit a terrific third shot to about three feet and tapped in for par, capping a third-round 66.

Fleetwood was just a shot off the lead after a bogey-free 65 on Friday, but was already working on the putting green with more than three hours to go before teeing off alongside American Pat Perez. After leaving his uphill putt several feet short, Woods' just missed his par attempt inches right. He earned $1.89 million and posted the lowest final score in the eight Opens played at Carnoustie.

Having birdied it in each of his first three rounds, Woods endured a nightmare on this occasion.

Leaders are on the range at the British Open, where they will be greeted by warm breezes in the final round at Carnoustie.

The 14-time major victor eventually finished three shots behind eventual champion Francesco Molinari. Woods asked the gallery to move back because he would have to start it to the right with the golf ball well above his feet.

Earlier, Justin Rose set the tone with the lowest score in Carnoustie's British Open history, a flawless 64.

Woods, who shot 66 on Saturday, is paired with Molinari, two groups behind the final twosome of Spieth and Xander Schauffele.

The biggest blunder belonged to Woods, his red shirt blazing against the yellow grass of dry Scottish summer.

McIlroy said Woods is in a similar situation to his in terms of trying to win more majors.

The third stoppage of play Sunday at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18-under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round. It's the closest he's been to the lead in a major since five years ago at Muirfield.

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