Francesco Molinari played a steady hand amid another crazy ending at Carnoustie, outlasting a star-studded field that included Tiger Woods to win The Open and become Italy’s first major champion.
Woods took the lead Sunday at a major for the first time in nine years and lost it with one bad swing. Jordan Spieth cost himself another chance in a major by failing to make a single birdie.
Tiger Woods finished at a solid 5 under Sunday but still fell just short at The Open.
Jordan Spieth struggled in his final round Sunday at Carnoustie, shooting a 5-over 76 to finish 4 shots behind Open champion Francesco Molinari and missing a chance to win the major for a second straight year.
Seven players had a share of the lead at some point. Six were still tied on the back nine.
And through all that suspense, Molinari never flinched. He closed with a 2-under 69, playing the final 37 holes on the toughest links in golf without a bogey.