Ultimately, Molinari's technique held up amid the fiercest pressure. He birdied the 14th and 18th holes on Sunday to post a 2-under 69 and earn a two-stroke victory.
"He's like, 'He hasn't been in this position in 10 years, and you've been here how many times in the last three years?' He was throwing it back at me", Spieth said.
"So, for them to understand what I was doing early in my career", he said.
On a day of low scoring, McIlroy bogeyed two of his last three holes for a 1-under 70.
That vaulted McIlroy into a six-way tie for the lead and Rose joined the expanding group on six under with a tap-in birdie on 18, two days after he needed a birdie on the same hole just to make the cut.
Even the greats have to learn to be great again and that goes for Rory McIlroy after he came up two strokes short in his bid for that elusive fifth Major title. "But the leaderboard is packed with a lot of very, very good players".
Rocca can't remember the first time he met the Molinari brothers but recalls an exhibition match from long ago.
"If someone was expecting a charge, they probably weren't expecting it from me", he said. Molinari, sitting on a sofa and watching TV in what looked like a scoring trailer, could finally celebrate.
"That was a real positive for me, and it renews the love of The Open for me".
"I believe that going through struggles, you start to realise where your tendencies are and how to - you know, how to compensate for it and turn them into advantages". In a press conference after Sunday's round, Woods acknowledged that while his inability to secure victory in Scotland is "going to sting for a little bit", he's learning to keep things in perspective.
And then there was Kisner, looking to go wire-to-wire.
But a double-bogey at the par-four 11th, where he failed to pull off a delicate flop shot from beyond the green, proved the undoing of the 14-times major champion.
For four-time major victor Rory McIlroy, who finished tied for second, two shots off Molinari, it is a different Woods to the years of his pomp.
The drama in the rankings unfolded at No. 50, as Tiger Woods moved up 21 spots to exactly No. 50 following his T-6 finish.
England's Eddie Pepperell was the clubhouse leader after a superb round of 67 took him to five-under.