Francesco Molinari played, bogey-free final round at the 147th Open Championship on Sunday to win the first major of his career and first ever for an Italian golfer. Molinari shot a 2-under 69 to get to 8 under overall at Carnoustie and took home the Claret Jug by two over Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.
Following 13 straight pars to start the day, Molinari pushed it to red numbers with a birdie on the par-4 14th. A few more pars at the gauntlet of holes Nos. 15-17, and it looked like a par at the last would be enough. Molinari wanted to make sure, though, so he ended the tournament with a birdie on the last.
Tiger Woods lost the lead with one bad swing that would have been even farther left of the 11th green had it not crashed into the fans, leading to double bogey. He followed that with a bogey and never caught up. He had to settle for a 71.
Jordan Spieth, tied for the lead in his bid to go back-to-back in the British Open, failed to make a single birdie and shot 76, his highest score Sunday in a major.
Kevin Chappell made two double bogeys, the last one on No. 17 that derailed his hopes. Kevin Kisner made his double bogey early. Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose each made a run with eagles on the par-5 14th hole, McIlroy with a 50-foot putt , Rose with a second shot that bounced off the base of the pin. They ran out of holes.
Xander Schauffele, the last hope to keep alive the American streak of five straight majors, was one shot behind until he sent a long iron to the right of the 17th and failed to make a 15-foot putt for par.
POS. PLAYER NAME
1 Francesco Molinari -8
T2 Kevin Kisner -6
T2 Rory McIlroy -6
T2 Justin Rose -6
T2 Xander Schauffele -6
T6 Kevin Chappell -5
T6 Eddie Pepperell -5
T6 Tiger Woods -5
T9 Tony Finau -4
T9 Matt Kuchar -4