Royal Portrush ready for The Open and defending champion Molinari
Jul 27 2018
Molinari, who had won twice and finished second two times in the last couple of months, began the day at six under and did not make his move until holing a birdie after 13 successive pars.
This opened the door to what the entire golf world has awaited, with Woods vaulting into the lead at 7 under par, the first time since the '11 Masters he'd led at a major, and sending a low rumble across the course.
"So, for them to understand what I was doing early in my career, the only thing they've seen is my struggles and the pain I was going through". And as the massive organisational now swings towards Portrush, event Executive Director Johnnie Cole-Hamilton said, "We are looking forward to a historic milestone with the return of The Open to Northern Ireland".
Molinari ended eight shots under to scoop the British Open at Carnoustie on a challenging course. "I knew I was coming in with some good golf but my record around here was awful so that didn't make me too optimistic about the week, but I just tried to not think about it and focus on hitting good shots day by day". What wins golf tournaments is accuracy, putting well and a good mind.
Playing alongside the resurgent Woods in the final round, Molinari carded a nerveless two-under-par 69 to win the Claret Jug by two shots from McIlroy (70), English hope Justin Rose (69) and Americans Xander Schauffele (74) and Kevin Kisner (74). "Hopefully, they will get as inspired as I was at the time, watching him vie for the Claret Jug". He made one more birdie on the final hole by hitting driving that narrowly avoided a pot bunker, leaving him a lob wedge to 5 feet for a birdie that secured his place in history as Italy's first major champion.
"I always think it's great when you've got new guys winning majors", Bjorn told Sky Sports News. Molinari's bogey-free final round was particularly impressive.
"I believe that my best golf has yet to come, absolutely". Woods hit a tee shot out-of-bounds on the 16th hole and tied for fifth.
"I know that it's going to sting for a little bit here, but given where I was to where I'm at now, blessed".
But McIlroy produced just the sort of burst he has become renowned for.