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Francesco Molinari wins Open Championship to become first Italian major champion

25 July 2018

"I've always wanted to battle it out with Tiger in a major - who hasn't?" Lightning caused one delay, and play also was stopped to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

The last player to make a successful title defence was Ireland's Padraig Harrington, who coincidentally won at Carnoustie in 2007 and again 12 months later at Royal Birkdale.

Since 2013 he has been hampered by the back issue that required four major operations, including spine fusion surgery last April. Spieth said. "I've played it out at Augusta in my head".

"I made a few mistakes there", Woods said when asked what happened after he held the lead at 7-under.

On a day of calm conditions, low scores and endless cheers, the biggest buzz on Saturday was anticipating what the final round might bring. "I've got a massive team behind me, each one of them has been a massive part of the journey to get to this point". The three-time British Open champion is searching for his first win of the year and his first major championship since winning the U.S. Open in 2008. I'm an imaginative putter, a feel putter.

"It was a lovely morning to play golf", he said after Saturday's round, which featured only 25 putts. All day long they had heard the cheers rolling across the links of Carnoustie. The fan that interrupted an important Tiger Woods backswing late in his round Sunday is potentially far worse.

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The first to congratulate him was Woods.

If it wasn't exactly Tigermania, it was close.

The name Tiger Woods was back on the top of a leaderboard in the closing stages of a major as the 147th Open Championship headed for a barely believable climax on Sunday.

The Italian birdied his second of the back nine at the last to make it a blemish-free card of 69.

At the age of 42, finding a way to win is going to be a tall task. "It was a little bit louder probably when he did that than today was", Schauffele said.

"With my family and Paul. we'll all sit down and have a chat. he'll obviously have some great advice and put me on the right path". "I hadn't had a lot of momentum from the crowd all week, and today it started to change".

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The glint is back in the Englishman's eye and has been since he stood over a putt on the 15th to save par at four-over on Friday, knowing he had to make it and pick up another shot on the most hard finishing stretch on the Open rotation to make it into the weekend.

While Spieth's haircut initially drew attention - although his barber somehow managed not to recognise him - his brilliant golf and that of Woods was what really captured the attention on a thrilling third day at Carnoustie. A bogey, double-bogey run at Nos. He nearly holed the eagle putt from across the green before making birdie. "If I can just make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow it will be interesting".

Woods started quietly enough with a few birdies through eight holes, not exceptional because Justin Rose already matched the course record at Carnoustie for the British Open with a 64.

Australian Adam Scott is also at four under after a 68 left him in the hunt.

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

But Scott knows the golfing gods will need to smile on him. It was meant to be what I normally get and instead he went a little shorter. After a layup, he hit a terrific third shot to about three feet and tapped in for par, capping a third-round 66. "If the guys get to 10 (under), five back is certainly do-able".

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Francesco Molinari wins Open Championship to become first Italian major champion