Woods falters to fall from top of packed Open leaderboard

CARNOUSTIE SCOTLAND- JULY 22 Francesco Molinari of Italy celebrates a birdie on the 18th hole during the final round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club

CARNOUSTIE SCOTLAND- JULY 22 Francesco Molinari of Italy celebrates a birdie on the 18th hole during the final round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club

Francesco Molinari has become the first Italian to win a major, holding off a pack of star names to claim The Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Molinari holed a 5-foot birdie putt at No. 18 to complete a bogey-free round at 2-under-par 69.

England's Justin Rose is a shot behind Woods and McIlroy after earlier equalling the lowest score in an Open at Carnoustie with a brilliant 64, a day after needing a birdie on the last just to make the cut.

Receiving the tournament trophy, the Claret Jug, Molinari said that it would take a while for him to truly grasp the enormity of his achievement.

But a double bogey at the 11th derailed his bid for a first major since the 2008 US Open and, although a birdie on the 14th briefly reignited his hopes, he had to settle for a share of sixth place after signing for a level-par 71.

The 147th Open Championship provided all of the thrills any golf fan could ask for in a major, but when a leaderboard full of major winners started to slide, only Francesco Molinari was able to string together pars and hang on at the top.

Eddie Pepperell says he was a "little hung over" during his round of 4-under 67 that has left him one shot off the lead at the British Open. This two-hole stretch cost him three shots and he finished three shots off the lead. I thought nine under would be the number, there were three guys at nine and I thought one of them would shoot even par.

Schauffele and Kisner both shot 74 as their challenges for a first major faded.

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Marc Leishman found himself nine strokes off the pace despite also shooting a third-round 69, while Jason Day is 10 back after a disappointing 72.

Spieth, who started the day in a three-way share of the lead with Kisner and Shauffele, crashed with a 76 to wind up equal ninth a further stroke back with USA countrymen Tony Finau (71) and last year's runner-up Matt Kuchar (72).

After seven smooth holes, Woods began to scramble.

Jordan Spieth of the United States, left, and Kevin Chappell of the U.S. finish the third round of the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland, Saturday July 21, 2018.

"I feel like my game's in good shape".

He then saved par at the 10th despite finding a fairway bunker with his tee shot. "And I've got an opportunity to make it a very memorable one with a round, but it's not necessary for me to prove anything". It's the closest he's been to the lead in a major since five years ago at Muirfield.

Woods was four shots behind.

A victory would complete a most remarkable comeback for Woods, who has had four back surgeries, a marital scandal and a DUI arrest since his last major.

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