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Francesco Molinari wins The Open at Carnoustie

The Open Championship

Francesco Molinari held his nerve to create history when winning the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Molinari continued his run of form with a blemish free final round at Carnoustie to finish on eight-under par to win the 147th Open by two shots from a quartet of contenders – Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

It was Molinari’s near perfect final round two-under par that saw him create history as the first Italian golfer to win one of the four majors, ending a topsy-turvy day in which more than 10 players held claims on lifting the Claret Jug and one where a play-off seemed almost inevitable.

“It is absolutely amazing,” Molinari said after being crowned The Open champion. “I think it will take a long time to sink in. It has been a great week. The course bit me a few times in the first two days, but to go bogey-free around this track at the weekend is incredible.”

At one stage, Tiger Woods led the Open outright as fans dreamed of an amazing comeback for the 14-time major winner on his first start in the event for four years. But Woods eventually signed for a level-par final round to finish tied for sixth on five-under par as playing partner Molinari celebrated victory.

Justin Rose did, however, complete a remarkable turnaround in fortunes to finish in tied second place. His two-under par final round followed a seven-under par third round, all that coming after the Englishman birdied the last on Friday to make the cut.

McIlroy finished one-under par on Sunday to also finished runner-up, while Kisner and Schauffele will wonder what might have been after carding three-over par final rounds to drop out of contention to be The Open champion.

Schuffele’s fellow co-leader heading into the final round was Justin Spieth, but the defending champion endured a frustrating day with a five-over par score seeing him end in ninth place.

Kevin Chappel, playing in the penultimate group with Kisner, also tumbled down the leaderboard after a two-over par round to finish on five-under along with Woods and Eddie Pepperell, who surged into contention after a four-under par round earlier in the day.