Monday, 18 November, 2019


Francesco Molinari pays tribute to his golfing idol Costantino Rocca

Tiger Woods was leading The Open on the back nine on Sunday Tiger Woods was leading The Open on the back nine on Sunday
Noah Ferguson | 26 July, 2018, 15:31

The 35-year-old became the first Italian to win a major when his two-under-par round of 69 helped him eclipse the likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth on a nerve-jangling final day around Carnoustie. Woods had birdied the hole in the previous three rounds.

Compared to more recent Open finals, Sunday's round was a staggering success. A lengthy chip for his third shot on the second hole meant he could only get it to within 12 feet - for a par putt that he would go on to miss. In 2022 Rome will play host to the Ryder Cup, and, in Molinari's win, one can not overlook what is sure to be a huge boost for Italian golf ahead of that marquee event. "Hopefully, there were a lot of young kids watching on TV today, like I was watching Costantino (Rocca) in '95 coming so close".

Francesco Molinari was paired with Woods in the final round of the Open Championship and ended up winning the tournament-even with Woods breathing down his neck.

The former world number one, chasing his first major in four years, finished in a tie for second on six under, two shots behind victor Francesco Molinari.

The 42-year-old was looking to break his 10-year major drought and complete one of the greatest comebacks in sports history. In a press conference after Sunday's round, Woods acknowledged that while his inability to secure victory in Scotland is "going to sting for a little bit", he's learning to keep things in perspective. I'm relearning. I feel like I've won quite a few recently, but you still have to relearn to deal with it.

Francesco Molinari pays tribute to his golfing idol Costantino Rocca

England's Tommy Fleetwood began the day four shots off the lead and gained a shot on the first but his challenge began to evaporate with a bogey-double bogey-bogey run before the turn.

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

"I'm lost for words really", said Molinari.

An eagle on the 14th with a monster putt had the Northern Irishman jumping up into the air.

Francesco Molinari of Italy on the 18th hole after the final round of the 147th British Open Golf championships. I'll ask the vice captains, collectively, and I think we'll do the best we can to round out the team.

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