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Francesco Molinari becomes first Italian to win a major

Mon, Jul 23, 12:11pm by Staff Writer

Italian Francesco Molinari became the first Italian golfer to win a golf major after a stunning eight under par final score to take out the British Open at Carnoustie on the weekend.

Four players finished with a equal share of second on six under, among them Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose.

The crowd at Carnoustie were in raptures when former world number one Tiger Woods burst into the lead on the final day, only to be undone by a poor performance on the 11th hole.

Woods produced a double-bogey on the 11th and a bogey on the 12th after taking a one-shot lead at the start of the back nine.

He closed with a 71 to tie for sixth, three shots behind the winner.

This year’s Open Championship produced seven players who had a share of the lead at some point, with six being tied on the back nine.

Molinari closed with a two-under 69 on the toughest links in golf, without a bogey in his final 37 holes.

The win is undoubtedly the best in the 35-year-olds career, finishing with the lowest score in eight Opens at Carnoustie.

American Xander Schauffele was the lone chance of keeping the streak of American major winners going, which stood at four consecutive events and he was one shot off the pace until the 17th hole, which he bogeyed.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth was looking to become the first man since Padraig Harrington in 2008 to win back-to-back Open titles.

He held a share of the lead going into the final round at nine under along with Schauffele, with both players dropping three shots on the front nine which dented their chances of victory.

Spieth then dropped two further shots on the back nine to card a five-over 76 in the final round.

The British Open was not a successful event for Australian golfers, with Adam Scott and Jason Day both finishing two-under par.

An Australian has not won the British Open in 25 years, with the pair’s total not good enough for a top-20 finish.

The PGA Championship is the final golf major of the 2018 calendar year.

It takes place in St Louis at the Bellerive Country Club in early August.

World number one Dustin Johnson is the $11 favourite to win the event, with Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth priced at $13.

After this resurgence at the Open, Tiger Woods is priced at $17, along with a host of other players that include Justin Rose and Jason Day.

USPGA Championship Odds – Sportsbet

Dustin Johnson $11

Rory McIlroy $13

Jordan Spieth $13

Rickie Fowler $17

Nideki Matsuyama $17

Jon Rahm $17

Justin Rose $17

Tiger Woods $17

Jason Day $17

Justin Thomas $17

Brooks Koepka $21

Francesco Molinari $21

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