2018 British Open Tournament: Molinari First Italian Winner

Francesco Molinari with the Claret Jug after winning the 2018 British Open.
Francesco Molinari with the Claret Jug after winning the 2018 British Open.

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At the 2018 British Open, Francesco Molinari did something no other Italian golfer had done in this tournament: win. Molinari became not just the first golfer from Italy to win the Open Championship, but the first Italian winner of any of the four majors of men's professional golf.

Molinari got into the mix with a 65 in the third round, but the leaders entering the final round were Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele at 9-under.

Tiger Woods also lurked at 5-under.

Spieth and Schauffele both encoundered trouble midway through the front nine of the final round, however. When Woods birdied to reach 7-under, he was alone in the lead—10 years after his most recent win in a major championship.

But Woods soon stumbled himself. Meanwhile, Molinari, playing in the same pairing with Woods, kept going, consistent and trouble-free. He finished the tournament on a 37-hole, bogey-free streak.

Molinari shot 69 in the final round to finish at 8-under 276. That was two ahead of the runners-up, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Kevin Kisner and Schauffele.

Woods finished at 5-under after a final-round, even-par 71. Spieth carded a 5-over 76 in the final round and finished four strokes behind Molinari.

Final Scores of the 2018 British Open

Here are the final scores for the 2018 British Open played at Carnoustie Golf Links (par-71) in Angus, Scotland:

Francesco Molinari70-72-65-69—276
Justin Rose72-73-64-69—278
Rory McIlroy69-69-70-70—278
Kevin Kisner66-70-68-74—278
Xander Schauffele71-66-67-74—278
Eddie Pepperell71-70-71-67—279
Tiger Woods71-71-66-71—279
Kevin Chappell70-69-67-73—279
Tony Finau67-71-71-71—280
Matt Kuchar70-68-70-72—280
Jordan Spieth72-67-65-76—280
Patrick Cantlay70-71-70-70—281
Thorbjorn Olesen70-70-70-71—281
Ryan Moore68-73-69-71—281
Tommy Fleetwood72-65-71-73—281
Webb Simpson70-71-67-73—281
Jason Day71-71-72-68—282
Pat Perez69-68-74-71—282
Erik van Rooyen67-71-71-73—282
Charley Hoffman71-70-68-73—282
Adam Scott71-70-68-73—282
Zach Johnson69-67-72-74—282
Alexander Noren70-71-67-74—282
Stewart Cink72-70-71-70—283
Phil Mickelson73-69-70-71—283
Bernhard Langer73-71-68-71—283
Danny Willett69-71-70-73—283
Thomas Pieters70-73-70-71—284
Julian Suri74-69-70-71—284
Rickie Fowler70-69-73-72—284
Patrick Reed75-70-68-71—284
Louis Oosthuizen72-70-69-73—284
Chris Wood70-74-66-74—284
Austin Cook72-70-67-75—284
Henrik Stenson70-75-71-69—285
Adam Hadwin73-70-71-71—285
Michael Kim73-69-69-74—285
Satoshi Kodaira72-71-68-74—285
Luke List70-70-77-69—286
Cameron Davis71-72-73-70—286
Brooks Koepka72-69-75-70—286
Ryan Fox74-71-71-70—286
Masahiro Kawamura77-67-71-71—286
Ross Fisher75-70-68-73—286
Li Haotong71-72-67-76—286
Kyle Stanley72-69-69-76—286
Brendan Steele68-76-73-70—287
Tom Lewis75-70-68-74—287
Sean Crocker71-71-69-76—287
Yusaku Miyazato71-74-65-77—287
Bryson DeChambeau75-70-73-70—288
Tyrrell Hatton74-71-72-71—288
Kevin Na70-73-73-72—288
Paul Casey73-71-72-72—288
Shubhankar Sharma73-71-71-73—288
Yuta Ikeda70-73-71-74—288
Jason Dufner75-70-68-75—288
Lucas Herbert73-69-69-77—288
Byeong Hun An73-71-66-78—288
Marc Leishman72-72-69-76—289
Brett Rumford74-70-72-74—290
Gavin Kyle Green72-73-71-74—290
Marcus Kinhult74-69-71-76—290
Brandon Stone68-72-73-77—290
Lee Westwood72-72-69-77—290
Shaun Norris74-68-69-79—290
Si Woo Kim71-72-75-73—291
Paul Dunne71-73-73-74—291
Gary Woodland71-72-72-76—291
Matthew Southgate69-72-73-77—291
Rhys Enoch74-71-70-76—291
Sung-hoon Kang69-72-72-78—291
Zander Lombard67-71-71-82—291
Rafael Cabrera Bello74-70-76-72—292
Beau Hossler73-70-77-73—293
Kiradech Aphibarnrat74-71-74-74—293
Sam Locke72-73-70-78—293
Cameron Smith73-71-73-77—294
Keegan Bradley74-71-73-77—295

The 2018 British Open Golf Course

This was the eighth time that Carnoustie was the site of the British Open, and the first since 2007. Carnoustie was first used as the Open site in 1931, and the winner was Tommy Armour.

Two of the Opens at Carnoustie really stand out. In 1953, Ben Hogan won in his only British Open appearance. That was the year that Hogan won all three major championships in which he played. And in 1999, Paul Lawrie won in a playoff after Jean Van de Velde's epic final-hole collapse.

Other years when Carnoustie was the tournament site (with winners in parentheses) were 1937 (Henry Cotton), 1968 (Gary Player), 1975 (Tom Watson) and 2007 (Padraig Harrington).

The Carnoustie course record is 64, first achieved in 1994 and most recently recorded by Alexander Noren in the European Tour's 2016 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.