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Molinari wins The Open championship at Carnoustie

26 July 2018

The 42-year-old was looking to break his 10-year major drought and complete one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.

Rory McIlroy was the 2014 Open champion at Royal Liverpool, and starting at -5, a low score would certainly threaten the leaders.

"Tiger being back in the mix, everything, there were a lot of big names up there".

"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". He might have to swing for the fences after the way he finished Saturday at the British Open.

Callaway also got a fair amount of milage from the Open, as the golf gear brand throughout the four-day tourney was featured several times in NBC's "Playing Through" ad format. They clambered up and slid down sandhills to watch him.

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).

The Northern Irishman, who missed the cut in the year's second major at Shinnecock Hills last week after struggling to an opening 80, followed his first round 64 with a 69 at TPC River Highlands in CT.

McIlroy said he was pleased to have played a minor role in a blockbuster round during which the lead changed hands several times, with former world No.1 Tiger Woods having a brief spell in top spot. But a double bogey on the 11th hole and a bogey on 12 dropped Woods to 4-under-par, and he eventually lost to eventual champion Francesco Molinari by two strokes.

Woods said he had enjoyed himself on the course with his round only slightly blighted by one spectator yelling out as he addressed his drive at the 18th.

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. However, he is still lurking two strokes back and the victor won't be decided until the final player plays No. 18.

Via ESPN Stats and Information, it was the first time Woods held the lead of a golf major on the final day since the 2009 PGA Championship. 'I remember thinking Francesco was so good from tee to green, if only he wasn't so mechanical with his short game, ' he said.

Molinari wins The Open championship at Carnoustie