Tiger Woods blasts fan who shouted "Free Palestine" at British Open

Sherman Parsons
July 26, 2018

On Sunday, Francesco Molinari's life changed forever.

The 35-year-old Italian golfer shot an 8-under, 276 overall score to capture his first every major golf win at The Open championship at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland.

Jordan Spieth was competitive most of the weekend, though his 5-over 76 was the worst round from top-25 players. Rory McIlroy was one shot behind Molinari.

"So, for them to understand what I was doing early in my career", he said. "But it's been the same the whole of my career".

And it wasn't an accident. All he did at the BMW PGA Championship was go head-to-head with McIlroy in the final round and beat him by two.

Carnoustie tempered some of that confidence.

The German gained entry into this year's Championship by winning the Senior Open title at Royal Porthcawl last year. 'The celebrations were not too wild, there was just a lot of joy to share with my wife, my caddie, my manager and a few friends telling stories about the week, ' he said.

"When I'm in the hunt, I enjoy it".

Fellow Englishman Justin Rose failed to make a run on his front nine and dropped a shot at the fifth to slip to three under at the turn. Kevin Chappell had a putt to tie the lead with Molinari at No. 16 before making double bogey on the next.

Woods was briefly the favorite to win the 2018 Masters, and right now he's 16-1, according to GolfOdds.com, to win the PGA Championship at Bellerive.

"The way Francesco played today was lovely", said Woods after ending in a tie for sixth spot. "It didn't feel any different to be next to the lead and knowing what I need to do".

Molinari said he couldn't wait to get home to show the trophy off to his two young children.

He couldn't watch Xander Schauffele play the final two holes, however, escaping the holding room behind the 18th green to go to the putting green instead.

Here's some jackass yelling in the middle of Tiger's swing on the 18th tee at the Open
Rory McIlroy upbeat as Francesco Molinari wins the Open

"He's been playing unbelievable golf".

"And he wouldn't tell you, but he's human", Spieth said.

"The only thing they've seen is my struggles and the pain I was going through". I'm certainly happy for him.

"He knows how hard I've been working to get here so I think he felt the same proudness that I felt yesterday".

History maker Francesco Molinari will arrive at Royal Portrush next July as defending champion for the 148th Open as the countdown now begins to the biggest global sporting event ever hosted by this country.

Aside from Molinari, a strong group of golfers tied for second place. They had their chance at glory two decades ago.

It was a deserved victory for Molinari, 23 years after compatriot Costantino Rocca's play-off loss to John Daly at St Andrews.

RTE golf commentator Greg Allen was in agreement, emphasising that captain Furyk has already indicated that an in-form Woods would be selected.

"Obviously, to achieve something like this is on another level", he said.

"But I hope they were watching like I was watching Costantino in '95 coming so close".

"I played with him the final day at Wentworth, where he won, and he didn't miss a shot".

McIlroy is back in the mix and among the crowded leaders. "He is just not the same player that he used to be, in terms of having the steely nerve, and this is not a Tiger of wires and levers, this is flesh and blood". I loved seeing him play well.

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