Majors

The 147th Open

July 19-22

Carnoustie Golf Links, Angus, Scotland

$10,500,000

July 19-22

Carnoustie Golf Links, Angus, Scotland

$10,500,000

Round 4

Francesco Molinari claims first Major title

July 22, 2018

Italy's Francesco Molinari emerged from the pack on a thrilling final day at Carnoustie to win the British Open on Sunday, seeing off the challenges of reigning champion Jordan Spieth and a revived Tiger Woods to win the first major of his career.

Golf - The 147th Open Championship - Carnoustie, Britain - July 22, 2018 Italy's Francesco Molinari celebrates with the Claret Jug after winning the 147th Open Championship REUTERS/Paul Childs
Golf - The 147th Open Championship - Carnoustie, Britain - July 22, 2018 Italy's Francesco Molinari celebrates with the Claret Jug after winning the 147th Open Championship REUTERS/Paul Childs

At the age of 35, he becomes the first Italian ever to win a major, after keeping his cool in remarkable fashion when almost all around him seemed to be losing theirs on a windy afternoon.

A two-under-par round of 69 on the Scottish links allowed him to finish on eight-under, two shots clear of the quartet of Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner.

The 147th Open Championship

Molinari had started the day three shots behind a trio of overnight leaders in Schauffele, Kisner and Spieth, who were all nine under par when they teed off.

The latter had been hoping to become the first player since Padraig Harrington a decade ago to retain the Claret Jug, but he faded with a final-round 76 to finish on four under par.

Tiger Woods, who was playing with him, held the outright lead at one point on Sunday but ended with a 71 to finish in a tie for sixth with England's Eddie Pepperell and Kevin Chappell of the United States.

Molinari stayed steady and played thirteen successive pars before his first birdie at the 14th, then his second at the 18th, he did not play a single bogey all day.

"It's amazing to stand here with the Claret Jug. My record around here was terrible, which didn't make me too optimistic about the week," he said.

"Very proud of today, obviously playing with Tiger was another challenge because of the crowds, but I felt really good coming here this morning and felt ready for a challenge."

Defending champion Jordan Spieth couldn't recover after a bogey at the fifth was followed by a double-bogey at the sixth.

"When you put yourself in position enough times, it goes your way sometimes, it doesn't go your way sometimes," said Spieth.

Woods may not have won his 15h major title but there is no doubt he is back in form after a closing 66 on Sunday.

"It felt great to be a part of the mix and build my way into the championship. Today was a day that I had a great opportunity," he said.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-8
70
72
65
69
276
T2
Justin Rose
ENG
-6
72
73
64
69
278
T2
Kevin Kisner
USA
-6
66
70
68
74
278
T2
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-6
69
69
70
70
278
T2
Xander Schauffele
USA
-6
71
66
67
74
278
T6
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-5
71
70
71
67
279
T6
Kevin Chappell
USA
-5
70
69
67
73
279
T6
Tiger Woods
USA
-5
71
71
66
71
279
T9
Jordan Spieth
USA
-4
72
67
65
76
280
T9
Matt Kuchar
USA
-4
70
68
70
72
280
T9
Tony Finau
USA
-4
67
71
71
71
280
T12
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-3
70
71
70
70
281
T12
Ryan Moore
USA
-3
68
73
69
71
281
T12
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-3
70
70
70
71
281
T12
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-3
72
65
71
73
281
T12
Webb Simpson
USA
-3
70
71
67
73
281
T17
Adam Scott
AUS
-2
71
70
68
73
282
T17
Alexander Noren
SWE
-2
70
71
67
74
282
T17
Charley Hoffman
USA
-2
71
70
68
73
282
T17
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-2
67
71
71
73
282
T17
Jason Day
AUS
-2
71
71
72
68
282
T17
Pat Perez
USA
-2
69
68
74
71
282
T17
Zach Johnson
USA
-2
69
67
72
74
282
T24
Bernhard Langer
GER
-1
73
71
68
71
283
T24
Danny Willett
ENG
-1
69
71
70
73
283
T24
Phil Mickelson
USA
-1
73
69
70
71
283
T24
Stewart Cink
USA
-1
72
70
71
70
283
T28
Austin Cook
USA
Par
72
70
67
75
284
T28
Chris Wood
ENG
Par
70
74
66
74
284
T28
Julian Suri
USA
Par
74
69
70
71
284
T28
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
Par
72
70
69
73
284
T28
Patrick Reed
USA
Par
75
70
68
71
284
T28
Rickie Fowler
USA
Par
70
69
73
72
284
T28
Thomas Pieters
BEL
Par
70
73
70
71
284
T35
Adam Hadwin
CAN
1
73
70
71
71
285
T35
Henrik Stenson
SWE
1
70
75
71
69
285
T35
Michael Kim
KOR
1
73
69
69
74
285
T35
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
1
72
71
68
74
285
T39
Brooks Koepka
USA
2
72
69
75
70
286
T39
Cameron Davis
AUS
2
71
72
73
70
286
T39
Haotong Li
CHN
2
71
72
67
76
286
T39
Kyle Stanley
USA
2
72
69
69
76
286
T39
Luke List
USA
2
70
70
77
69
286
T39
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
2
77
67
71
71
286
T39
Ross Fisher
ENG
2
75
70
68
73
286
T39
Ryan Fox
NZL
2
74
71
71
70
286
T47
Brendan Steele
USA
3
68
76
73
70
287
T47
Sean Crocker
USA
3
71
71
69
76
287
T47
Tom Lewis
ENG
3
75
70
68
74
287
T47
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
3
71
74
65
77
287
T51
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
4
75
70
73
70
288
T51
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
4
73
71
66
78
288
T51
Jason Dufner
USA
4
75
70
68
75
288
T51
Kevin Na
USA
4
70
73
73
72
288
T51
Lucas Herbert
AUS
4
73
69
69
77
288
T51
Paul Casey
ENG
4
73
71
72
72
288
T51
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
4
73
71
71
73
288
T51
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
4
74
71
72
71
288
T51
Yuta Ikeda
JPN
4
70
73
71
74
288
60
Marc Leishman
AUS
5
72
72
69
76
289
T61
Brandon Stone
RSA
6
68
72
73
77
290
T61
Brett Rumford
AUS
6
74
70
72
74
290
T61
Gavin Green
MAS
6
72
73
71
74
290
T61
Lee Westwood
ENG
6
72
72
69
77
290
T61
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
6
74
69
71
76
290
T61
Shaun Norris
RSA
6
74
68
69
79
290
T67
Gary Woodland
USA
7
71
72
72
76
291
T67
Matthew Southgate
ENG
7
69
72
73
77
291
T67
Paul Dunne
IRL
7
71
73
73
74
291
T67
Rhys Enoch
WAL
7
74
71
70
76
291
T67
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
7
71
72
75
73
291
T67
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
7
69
72
72
78
291
T67
Zander Lombard
RSA
7
67
71
71
82
291
74
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
8
74
70
76
72
292
T75
Beau Hossler
USA
9
73
70
77
73
293
T75
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
9
74
71
74
74
293
T75
Sam Locke
9
72
73
70
78
293
78
Cameron Smith
AUS
10
73
71
73
77
294
79
Keegan Bradley
USA
11
74
71
73
77
295
CUT
Branden Grace
RSA
4
74
72
-
-
146
CUT
Chez Reavie
USA
4
69
77
-
-
146
CUT
Daniel Berger
USA
4
73
73
-
-
146
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
4
72
74
-
-
146
CUT
George Coetzee
RSA
4
75
71
-
-
146
CUT
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
4
75
71
-
-
146
CUT
Justin Thomas
USA
4
69
77
-
-
146
CUT
Martin Kaymer
GER
4
71
75
-
-
146
CUT
Matt Wallace
ENG
4
74
72
-
-
146
CUT
Peter Uihlein
USA
4
74
72
-
-
146
CUT
Russell Knox
SCO
4
73
73
-
-
146
CUT
Sergio Garcia
ESP
4
75
71
-
-
146
CUT
Tom Lehman
USA
4
75
71
-
-
146
CUT
Andy Sullivan
ENG
5
71
76
-
-
147
CUT
Brian Harman
USA
5
71
76
-
-
147
CUT
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
5
74
73
-
-
147
CUT
Chesson Hadley
USA
5
73
74
-
-
147
CUT
Jon Rahm
ESP
5
69
78
-
-
147
CUT
Jordan Smith
ENG
5
74
73
-
-
147
CUT
Jorge Campillo
ESP
5
72
75
-
-
147
CUT
Kelly Kraft
USA
5
74
73
-
-
147
CUT
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
5
72
75
-
-
147
CUT
Oliver Wilson
ENG
5
75
72
-
-
147
CUT
Shane Lowry
IRL
5
74
73
-
-
147
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
6
73
75
-
-
148
CUT
Bronson Burgoon
USA
6
74
74
-
-
148
CUT
Bubba Watson
USA
6
75
73
-
-
148
CUT
Dustin Johnson
USA
6
76
72
-
-
148
CUT
Nicolai Hoejgaard
6
72
76
-
-
148
CUT
Abraham Ancer
USA
7
71
78
-
-
149
CUT
Charles Howell III
USA
7
75
74
-
-
149
CUT
Ernie Els
RSA
7
73
76
-
-
149
CUT
Marcus Armitage
ENG
7
80
69
-
-
149
CUT
Mark Calcavecchia
USA
7
73
76
-
-
149
CUT
Russell Henley
USA
7
69
80
-
-
149
CUT
Ryuko Tokimatsu
7
72
77
-
-
149
CUT
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
7
76
73
-
-
149
CUT
Scott Jamieson
SCO
7
75
74
-
-
149
CUT
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
8
72
78
-
-
150
CUT
Anirban Lahiri
IND
8
76
74
-
-
150
CUT
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
8
71
79
-
-
150
CUT
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
8
76
74
-
-
150
CUT
Haraldur Magnus
8
72
78
-
-
150
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
8
75
75
-
-
150
CUT
Jason Kokrak
USA
8
72
78
-
-
150
CUT
Jazz Janewattananond
MAS
8
74
76
-
-
150
CUT
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
8
76
74
-
-
150
CUT
Jimmy Walker
USA
8
72
78
-
-
150
CUT
Kodai Ichihara
JPN
8
78
72
-
-
150
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
8
76
74
-
-
150
CUT
Thomas Curtis
8
82
68
-
-
150
CUT
Matt Jones
AUS
9
75
76
-
-
151
CUT
Michael Hendry
NZL
9
73
78
-
-
151
CUT
Patton Kizzire
USA
9
77
74
-
-
151
CUT
Retief Goosen
RSA
9
74
77
-
-
151
CUT
Ryan Armour
USA
9
75
76
-
-
151
CUT
Sandy Lyle
SCO
9
75
76
-
-
151
CUT
Shota Akiyoshi
JPN
9
77
74
-
-
151
CUT
Todd Hamilton
USA
9
75
76
-
-
151
CUT
Danthai Boonma
THA
10
78
74
-
-
152
CUT
Grant Forrest
SCO
11
80
73
-
-
153
CUT
Jonas Blixt
SWE
11
77
76
-
-
153
CUT
Min-Chel Choi
11
79
74
-
-
153
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
11
79
74
-
-
153
CUT
Brady Schnell
USA
12
79
75
-
-
154
CUT
Brandt Snedeker
USA
12
76
78
-
-
154
CUT
Ian Poulter
ENG
12
73
81
-
-
154
CUT
Masanori Kobayashi
JPN
12
82
72
-
-
154
CUT
Yuxin Lin
CHN
12
80
74
-
-
154
CUT
Ashton Turner
ENG
13
78
77
-
-
155
CUT
Jack Senior
ENG
13
79
76
-
-
155
CUT
James Robinson
ENG
14
75
81
-
-
156
CUT
Andrew Landry
USA
15
80
77
-
-
157
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
16
76
82
-
-
158
CUT
Jovan Rebula
RSA
16
79
79
-
-
158
CUT
Darren Clarke
NIR
23
82
83
-
-
165
RET
David Duval
USA
Par
80
-
-
-
80
Pos.
Player
To Par
Total
1
Francesco Molinari
-8
276
T2
Justin Rose
-6
278
T2
Kevin Kisner
-6
278
T2
Rory McIlroy
-6
278
T2
Xander Schauffele
-6
278
T6
Eddie Pepperell
-5
279
T6
Kevin Chappell
-5
279
T6
Tiger Woods
-5
279
T9
Jordan Spieth
-4
280
T9
Matt Kuchar
-4
280
T9
Tony Finau
-4
280
T12
Patrick Cantlay
-3
281
T12
Ryan Moore
-3
281
T12
Thorbjorn Olesen
-3
281
T12
Tommy Fleetwood
-3
281
T12
Webb Simpson
-3
281
T17
Adam Scott
-2
282
T17
Alexander Noren
-2
282
T17
Charley Hoffman
-2
282
T17
Erik Van Rooyen
-2
282
T17
Jason Day
-2
282
T17
Pat Perez
-2
282
T17
Zach Johnson
-2
282
T24
Bernhard Langer
-1
283
T24
Danny Willett
-1
283
T24
Phil Mickelson
-1
283
T24
Stewart Cink
-1
283
T28
Austin Cook
Par
284
T28
Chris Wood
Par
284
T28
Julian Suri
Par
284
T28
Louis Oosthuizen
Par
284
T28
Patrick Reed
Par
284
T28
Rickie Fowler
Par
284
T28
Thomas Pieters
Par
284
T35
Adam Hadwin
1
285
T35
Henrik Stenson
1
285
T35
Michael Kim
1
285
T35
Satoshi Kodaira
1
285
T39
Brooks Koepka
2
286
T39
Cameron Davis
2
286
T39
Haotong Li
2
286
T39
Kyle Stanley
2
286
T39
Luke List
2
286
T39
Masahiro Kawamura
2
286
T39
Ross Fisher
2
286
T39
Ryan Fox
2
286
T47
Brendan Steele
3
287
T47
Sean Crocker
3
287
T47
Tom Lewis
3
287
T47
Yusaku Miyazato
3
287
T51
Bryson DeChambeau
4
288
T51
Byeong-Hun An
4
288
T51
Jason Dufner
4
288
T51
Kevin Na
4
288
T51
Lucas Herbert
4
288
T51
Paul Casey
4
288
T51
Shubhankar Sharma
4
288
T51
Tyrrell Hatton
4
288
T51
Yuta Ikeda
4
288
60
Marc Leishman
5
289
T61
Brandon Stone
6
290
T61
Brett Rumford
6
290
T61
Gavin Green
6
290
T61
Lee Westwood
6
290
T61
Marcus Kinhult
6
290
T61
Shaun Norris
6
290
T67
Gary Woodland
7
291
T67
Matthew Southgate
7
291
T67
Paul Dunne
7
291
T67
Rhys Enoch
7
291
T67
Si-Woo Kim
7
291
T67
Sung-Hoon Kang
7
291
T67
Zander Lombard
7
291
74
Rafael Cabrera Bello
8
292
T75
Beau Hossler
9
293
T75
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
9
293
T75
Sam Locke
9
293
78
Cameron Smith
10
294
79
Keegan Bradley
11
295
CUT
Branden Grace
4
146
CUT
Chez Reavie
4
146
CUT
Daniel Berger
4
146
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
4
146
CUT
George Coetzee
4
146
CUT
Hideki Matsuyama
4
146
CUT
Justin Thomas
4
146
CUT
Martin Kaymer
4
146
CUT
Matt Wallace
4
146
CUT
Peter Uihlein
4
146
CUT
Russell Knox
4
146
CUT
Sergio Garcia
4
146
CUT
Tom Lehman
4
146
CUT
Andy Sullivan
5
147
CUT
Brian Harman
5
147
CUT
Charl Schwartzel
5
147
CUT
Chesson Hadley
5
147
CUT
Jon Rahm
5
147
CUT
Jordan Smith
5
147
CUT
Jorge Campillo
5
147
CUT
Kelly Kraft
5
147
CUT
Matthew Fitzpatrick
5
147
CUT
Oliver Wilson
5
147
CUT
Shane Lowry
5
147
CUT
Alexander Levy
6
148
CUT
Bronson Burgoon
6
148
CUT
Bubba Watson
6
148
CUT
Dustin Johnson
6
148
CUT
Nicolai Hoejgaard
6
148
CUT
Abraham Ancer
7
149
CUT
Charles Howell III
7
149
CUT
Ernie Els
7
149
CUT
Marcus Armitage
7
149
CUT
Mark Calcavecchia
7
149
CUT
Russell Henley
7
149
CUT
Ryuko Tokimatsu
7
149
CUT
Sang-Hyun Park
7
149
CUT
Scott Jamieson
7
149
CUT
Alexander Bjoerk
8
150
CUT
Anirban Lahiri
8
150
CUT
Dylan Frittelli
8
150
CUT
Emiliano Grillo
8
150
CUT
Haraldur Magnus
8
150
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
8
150
CUT
Jason Kokrak
8
150
CUT
Jazz Janewattananond
8
150
CUT
Jhonattan Vegas
8
150
CUT
Jimmy Walker
8
150
CUT
Kodai Ichihara
8
150
CUT
Padraig Harrington
8
150
CUT
Thomas Curtis
8
150
CUT
Matt Jones
9
151
CUT
Michael Hendry
9
151
CUT
Patton Kizzire
9
151
CUT
Retief Goosen
9
151
CUT
Ryan Armour
9
151
CUT
Sandy Lyle
9
151
CUT
Shota Akiyoshi
9
151
CUT
Todd Hamilton
9
151
CUT
Danthai Boonma
10
152
CUT
Grant Forrest
11
153
CUT
Jonas Blixt
11
153
CUT
Min-Chel Choi
11
153
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
11
153
CUT
Brady Schnell
12
154
CUT
Brandt Snedeker
12
154
CUT
Ian Poulter
12
154
CUT
Masanori Kobayashi
12
154
CUT
Yuxin Lin
12
154
CUT
Ashton Turner
13
155
CUT
Jack Senior
13
155
CUT
James Robinson
14
156
CUT
Andrew Landry
15
157
CUT
Jens Dantorp
16
158
CUT
Jovan Rebula
16
158
CUT
Darren Clarke
23
165
RET
David Duval
Par
80