Molinari Wins British Open

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It used to be that Woods was steely and superhuman, and no one dared get in his way.

Woods shot 71 in the final round, finishing tied for sixth place at 5-under par and three shots behind the victor, Italy's Francesco Molinari.

That experience, and coming up against Woods in crucial singles matches at the Ryder Cup earlier in his career, helped him cope with the huge throng of supporters and the media circus following them around Carnoustie.

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

"I probably would have felt sick watching on TV", he said. Schauffele made double bogey on the next hole, leaving one in the wispy grass, another over the green. "That was too close to the game of play". Another club off the tee? Instead of pitching out and playing for par, he went ultra-aggressive and took a massive hack with a pitching wedge. He sent his second shot into the gallery, with the ball rebounding out into the rough.

Woods began the final round 3 strokes behind Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner.

The dream, though, ended for Woods on his return after a two-year hiatus to a major he has won three times when he double-bogeyed the 11th and then dropped another shot on the following hole.

Sunday's final round, in which Woods shot an even-par 71 was an eye-opening day - for Woods and for his competitors.

No one in the final two groups was able to threaten Molinari.

Woods' playing partner Francesco Molinari is well placed after nine straight pars on -6, but the eyes of the world are now on only one man.

Molinari Wins British Open
Molinari Wins British Open

"It was a blast", he said.

"Hopefully, they will get as inspired as I was at the time". "Tiger is minus-7, he didn't have a drink last night, I bet". Just keep it in perspective, and the same thing with me. "I think that I have that going for me".

Spieth is yet to win in 2018 and he struggled to put himself in contention at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, where the American star missed the cut. Stuck on 14 major championship victories for the last decade, it showed that he, indeed, can win another one.

He finished three shots behind champion Francesco Molinari.

"It didn't feel any different", Woods told reporters after finishing his round on Sunday.

"Maybe there wasn't quite as much drama yesterday but there were a lot of players close to the lead with a chance and I was very proud to handle myself the way I did and to come out on top". "I've done it so many different ways", he added. "Today was a day that I had a great opportunity".

Despite a hangover, when Eddie Pepperell walked over the bridge onto the 18th, he finished the final round of the British Open with a 67, tying for sixth.

Americans had won the last five majors in-a-row before last week's Open Championship and there had been a strong presence on the leaderboard from over the Pond all week long. This is the previous year the event will be played there, and Woods made it a goal to return.

And then he lost it with two bad holes.