Francesco Molinari stays calm as Tiger-mania grips Carnoustie

Woods will play alongside Francesco Molinari on Sunday

Woods will play alongside Francesco Molinari on Sunday

A charging Tiger Woods was leading the British Open with nine holes to play on Sunday as defending champion and overnight co-leader Jordan Spieth began to feel the strain. "But it's been the same the whole of my career".

Oh, and of Molinari, he said, "Yeah, just to go today's round without a bogey is unreal". He had to settle for a 71. From Jordan Spieth's blown lead, to Tiger Woods's comeback, Justin Rose's climb from almost missing the cut into a tie for second, and Rory McIlroy's brilliant display on the back nine on Sunday, this 2018 Open Championship was nothing less than spectacular. "Just sort of ran out of holes at the end". He sent his second shot into the gallery, with the ball rebounding out into the rough. He poured it in, raised his right fist and shook it lightly before slamming it for emphasis. "My record around here was bad, which didn't make me too optimistic about the week", he said. He closed with a 2-under 69, playing the final 37 holes on the toughest links in golf without a bogey.

"Playing with Tiger makes it even more special. I knew that going in", he said.

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

Woods dropped his putter in disbelief when a birdie attempt refused to drop on 13, but he made birdie at the par-five 14th to put his name at the top of the leaderboard - a development that had seasoned golf hacks snapping photos of the huge media scoreboard.

Daughter Sam, aged 11, and son Charlie, nine, were too young to see their dad in his pomp but they greeted him with a hug behind the 18th green after he finished three shots behind Molinari, who finished his round in style with a close-range birdie.

Spieth, however, struggled. The 2017 British Open champ shot five over par for the day, finishing at four under, tied for ninth place. The key hole in the final round was No. 11, a 503-yard par 4. Then two weeks after that, it is the FedEx Cup playoffs. Still in range, he couldn't get close enough for a birdie when it mattered.

Other deeply impressive players spent moments with the lead and also did not win, from Kisner to Kevin Chappell to Schauffele, who became the last one with a chance to catch Molinari until he bogeyed No. 17. She just had a baby and lost the Wimbledon finals.

"I need to try and keep it in perspective because, the beginning of the year, if they'd have said you're playing the Open Championship, I would have said I'd be very lucky to do that, " he said. Serena and I are good friends.

"Even though he's won 14, you have to learn how to get back". I had to face a little bit of adversity early in the round, and I still gave myself a chance.

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Spieth had his own issues, of course, kicking away a share of the lead on his way to a fat 76 in the final round.

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland Rory McIlory spun around and let out a roar after making a 35-foot eagle putt.

Molinari, when hot favourite at the Italian Open, nearly swept everyone away in the romance of it all by finishing runner up to Thorbjorn Olesen who stole a march on the final few holes.

The victory adds to Molinari's best stretch of golf.

Now at a career-best No. 6 in the world, he has won three times and been runner-up twice in his last six tournaments.

Watch Tiger's wedge shot below.

This round wasn't flashy, and neither is Molinari.

"The wind is supposed to pick up, so that might be a helping hand", said Fleetwood, who holds the course record at Carnoustie with a 63 at the Dunhill Championship a year ago and also shot 63 on the final day of the US Open last month to finish second behind Brooks Koepka.

But not the most memorable.

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