Published: Wed, July 25, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Molinari gives Italy its first major

Molinari gives Italy its first major

But he could get the battle with Tiger Woods he has always pictured in his head with the 14-time major victor lurking ominously among the chasing pack after a thrilling day of low scoring at a defenceless Carnoustie.

But while Kisner's chances suffered a potentially fatal blow with three dropped shots in two holes, Woods holed from 20 feet for birdie on the fourth to reduce his deficit to three.

From an Indian point of view, Shubhankar Sharma marked his 22nd birthday with his first-ever appearance on a weekend at a Major, as he played the third round at the 147th Open Championship.

Woods shared the lead for a brief spell after a birdie at the 14th and, though he insists he was not aware of that fact, the 42-year-old felt it showed a major win was within his grasp.

"I played a little bit better yesterday", Woods said of his matching scores for the opening two rounds. "I've had a career's worth in a few years", Spieth, who admitted he found it "difficult" to hand over the Claret Jug when he arrived in Carnoustie on Monday, said.

His previous best finish in a major was tied second at last year's US PGA Championship, won by Justin Thomas.

"I know it's going to sting for a little bit but given where I was to where I am now, (I feel) blessed", he said after Sunday's round. I missed a few shots, but I was up-and-down from pretty well from everywhere.

It was just as tough for Thomas, who bogeyed two of the last three holes to miss the cut by a shot.

Woods followed by hitting what appeared to be the shot that could lead him to victory.

Molinari strung together back-to-back bogey-free holes to conclude his victory.

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Molinari took the lead for the first time with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 14th. "Would have been better if I made that putt (a 10-footer for birdie on the 18th), but didn't hit it where I thought the line was, and it broke too much".

Molinari would be the first Italian to win a major championship.

Woods suffered no such woes, with gains at the fourth and sixth putting the most successful player in the field firmly in the frame.

Woods, who won back-to-back Opens himself in 2005 and 2006, is in a group of players at five-under along with the likes of Zach Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood.

Rose, who needed to make an 18-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole just to make the cut a day earlier, started his round with a birdie on the first hole and finished it with birdies on both 17 and 18.

Heading out in the penultimate pairing alongside Kevin Chappell, Kevin Kisner had his sights set on a maiden major. Masters champion Patrick Reed was right there with him until missing a 6-foot par putt on the 16th hole, dropping him to 4 under for the third round and 1 under for the tournament.

And the Olympic champion carried on where he left off on Saturday, taking advantage of benign conditions to fire seven more birdies to match the 64s recorded by Steve Stricker and Richard Green the last time Carnoustie staged the Open in 2007. "This time, it's me".

McIlroy had struggled to make any headway but when he eagled the 14th he rocketed to the top of the leaderboard.

Three players - including defending champion Jordan Spieth - are tied at the top of the leaderboard at 9-under par. Spieth, who spent Saturday morning watching the Open on television, asked caddie Michael Greller on the practice range, "Do we like driver?"

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