Molinari finished at 8-under par to win the Open Championship on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at Carnoustie Golf Links
It was one of the most competitive Open Championships is history. With seven different players holding at least a share of the lead during the final round on Sunday, it was also one of the most entertaining. In fact, at one point there was a six-way tie for the lead during the final stretch of play on the back nine.
While Saturday may have provided the field with scoring opportunities aplenty, Carnoustie would not play so friendly on Sunday at the 147th British Open. Harsh wind and the pressure of a final round at a major championship yielded far fewer birdies and a significant uptick in bogeys or worse.
But when it was all said and done, Italian Francesco Molinari put together an impressive streak of 37 holes without a bogey to emerge with a two-stroke win. Not only was it Molinari’s first major championship, but it was also the first time a player from Italy has ever won a major. Finishing at 8-under 276, Molinari’s score was good enough to be two shots clear of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner.
His second victory in a month on the PGA TOUR, Molinari is once again qualified for the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston from August 30 to September 3.
For golf fans in Northeast Ohio, the chance to see the 2018 Open Champion will be available at the WGC-Bridgestone. The tournament is August 2-5 and will be the last time the prestigious WGC event will be played at Firestone. To get your tickets for the WGC-Bridgestone, you can click here.