Francesco Molinari wins Open Championship for 1st career major title

Danny Woods
July 22, 2018

Spieth believes there will be a much different golf course in front of players Sunday than there was in the third round, when the greens were holding, the wind was nonexistent and the temperature as warm as it gets this time of the year in Scotland.

Johnson's astonishing feat came at the par-5 sixth at The Open when his second shot made it to the green but left him still a good 100 feet (30m) from the pin.

England's Justin Rose is a shot behind Woods after earlier equalling the lowest score in an Open at Carnoustie with a brilliant 64. He will try to become the first player since Padraig Harrington in 2008 to win golf's oldest championship in consecutive years. His first two holes were steady, if nothing else, with Woods at par through three.

Molinari's victory ended an American stranglehold on golf's major championships, with a USA golfer having won the previous five.

Woods, who won back-to-back Opens himself in 2005 and 2006, is in a group of players at five-under along with the likes of Zach Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood. As The Post's Chuck Culpepper notes, through three rounds, the leader board has 19 guys within five shots of the lead, seven major-title winners within those 19, 26 major titles between those seven. "It was weird. I don't know if it caught something or what happened. Given what happened the last two years, I didn't know if that would ever happen again", Woods said Saturday.

"I don't want to say [it has been] easy, but it has felt comfortable".

T2. Xander Schauffele (-6): It seemed like the 24-year old two-time PGA Tour victor played his way out of contention early with bogeys on No. 5 and No. 6 and then a double bogey on No. 7. At the moment, he's two shots off the lead, which belongs to Kevin Kisner.

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Jordan Spieth was tied for the lead at Carnoustie as he tries to become the first repeat victor in 10 years at the British Open.

"But the form wasn't as good as I'd have liked and I only managed two under". They were last together three weeks ago when Woods presented him the trophy at the Quicken Loans National after Molinari shot 62 for an eight-shot victory.

A bogey five on 15 brought him back to reality and he went close with a couple of putts but could not get back to -5.

Spieth is the reigning champion of the event and certainly is in prime position to reclaim the Claret Jug this year with a solid performance Sunday.

Tiger juuuuust missed a birdie putt from 15 feet out.

"I received a lot of well wishes". Spieth made a double-bogey 7 on the par-5 6th, while Kisner was three over through 4 and played 5-7 in four over to fall out of contention. And yet he has still won 12 times on the PGA Tour, along with majors at the Masters and British Open.

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