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By : BGA Proshop
There were a few out there that was rooting for Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy to win The Open at Carnoustie, including myself, but after watching how Francesco Molinari played he deserved it in the end.
With all the doubters and under the most extreme pressure put on him he stood tall with a bogey free final round to claim his first major and also the first Italian to do so. To add to the demands of winning his first major championship Molinari was paired with Woods in the final round who got within 2 shots of the leads. Woods doubled bogey on 11 and bogey on 12 all but ended his hopes on a fairytale ending finished 3 back but gave his supporters and the golfing world hope that he was not that far away from winning a golf tournament again.
Molinari started the day 3 shots back from leaders Jordan Spieth, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele but kept his cool as the others started to come back to the field. All three leaders shot over pair for the day which opened the door for their competitors. Schauffele was the closest with two holes to go and Molinari even started walk towards the practise putting green to get ready for a playoff but Schauffele dropped a shot on the 17th which meant he had to eagle the last to force a playoff.
Justin Rose and McIlroy had strong finishes and were in the clubhouse early at 6 under par. Depending on the weather that looked good enough to win or even force a playoff but Molinari ended that with a birdie on the last.
"I feel disbelief. It is amazing to be here with the Claret Jug,” he said, after incredibly managing to play 36 holes of weekend golf, on one of the world's most demanding courses, without dropping a shot.
“I knew I was coming in with good golf but my record here was terrible so I was not optimistic about the week. I did not want to think about it and just focus on hitting the shots.
"To look at the names on the Claret Jug, they are the best in history. For me, to come from Italy, it has been an incredible journey.
"If Ferrari win, they get the headlines but hopefully this is still massive news. To achieve something like this is on another level. Hopefully, there are a lot of kids watching on TV today and they get as inspired as I was."