Francesco Molinari wins Open as Tiger Woods falls short

US golfer Tiger Woods reacts after holing his birdie putt on the 14th green during his final round on day 4 of The 147th Open golf Championship at Carnoustie Scotland

US golfer Tiger Woods reacts after holing his birdie putt on the 14th green during his final round on day 4 of The 147th Open golf Championship at Carnoustie Scotland

The star finished 5-undr par and tied for 6th, three strokes behind his playing partner and the eventual champion, Francesco Molinari. I was calm - you know, as calm as you can be playing in the last round of a major close to the lead, playing with Tiger.

The biggest blunder belonged to Woods, his red shirt blazing against the yellow grass of dry Scottish summer.

He laid up, then speared a majestic 150-yard wedge to within three feet.

On a day that was ideal for low scoring, Woods let rip with his driver and tucked into the birdie buffet with his red-hot putter, briefly grabbing a share of the lead - something the American had not done at a major since the 2013 Masters.

Francesco Molinari played a steady hand amid another insane ending at Carnoustie, outlasting a star-studded field that included Tiger Woods to win The Open and become Italy's first major champion.

While Woods was getting off to a hot start, his fellow competitors were going the opposite direction.

McIlroy, who has gone four years since the last of his four major titles, said he was doing his best to try and beat Woods and the others, although he couldn't appreciate what was happening as he took the lead into the back nine before a double-bogey at the 11th hole. Woods finished tied for sixth.

"A little ticked off at myself, for sure", Woods said. "I had a chance starting that back nine to do something, and I didn't do it". He shot 66 in the third round to make a move up the leaderboard. He walked to the next tee with a one-shot lead. So when he rolled in a 40-foot birdie putt on No. 9, stiffed an approach inside two feet for birdie at No. 10, and almost drove onto the green to set up a tap-in birdie at No. 11, there was a feeling something special was happening.

On his approach to Sunday, the 2014 Open champion added the plan is "definitely to go out and hit a lot of drivers".

Kevin Chappell made two double bogeys, the last one on No. 17 that derailed his hopes. Another bogey on the next hole, and he was basically out of the tournament.

Sizzling 66 puts charging Tiger in the British Open mix
But Woods would not go there, saying, "I did everything the way I thought I needed to do it to win the championship". Francesco Molinari played spectacular golf, and he did it while playing alongside of Tiger Woods.

It was one of the few times Woods was out of position all afternoon in a round where he hit driver six times, compared with three times in the second round and once on Thursday.

In all honesty, he did very well and as a fan it was really great to watch. Heading into the final round, Woods believed he had a chance for a win. It felt like old times, as everyone Woods was chasing began to collapse.

"It was a blast, " Woods said.

"I told them I tried, and I said "hopefully you're proud of your pops for trying as hard as I did", he said. "I've done it so many different ways". However, showing tremendous consistency throughout a tricky day in Carnoustie, Molinari birdied the 18th to finish the round -8; a score high enough to give him the overall lead.

Another poor swing followed and led to another bogey, and just like that, Woods was two shots behind.

Of course, this was in October and three wins ago.

Of that there is little doubt. Woods looks as strong as he did in his prime, even though he's had surgeries, a sex-scandal, a divorce and a drug-related DUI.

But good muscles don't mean calm nerves.

His media obligations done, Woods climbed up the elevated walkway, on his way to the back entrance of the Carnoustie Golf Hotel & Spa.

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