Tiger Woods in the hunt and loving it at The Open

Tiger Woods in the hunt and loving it at The Open

Tiger Woods in the hunt and loving it at The Open

Tiger Woods was on the range, preparing to tee off on the weekend at the British Open for the first time since 2014 at Hoylake.

Chasing a 15th major title and his first since the 2008 US Open, Woods began the final round at Carnoustie four shots off the lead shared by defending champion Jordan Spieth, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

Molinari settled for the best cheer of them all. "I won't lie. I had too much to drink last night", he said after shooting 67 and finishing in a three-way tie for sixth. "But it's been the same the whole of my career".

He scrambled for par at the tough 18th hole at Carnoustie, after his tee shot landed on the bank of the Barry Burn and bounced right into the thick rough. He opened with 13 pars, including the 12th and 13th holes as Woods lost the lead with a double bogey and a bogey. He followed that with a bogey and never caught up.

Woods shot a 5-under-par 66 in Saturday's third round that left him at 5 under through 54 holes and four shots back of the leaders.

When he missed an 8-footer to make double bogey he was out of the lead.

He still made bogey.

Rose, whose best finish at The Open remains his tied fourth as an amateur in 1998, said he had had nothing to lose when he set out early on Saturday nine shots off overnight leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, both from the United States. They ran out of holes.

Molinari, who finished at 8-under 276, raised his fist and shook it lightly before slamming it for emphasis.

The 35-year-old then had to wait to see if anyone could catch him.

Woods, who insisted he had not realised he was in a share of the lead at one point, conceded at times in the past few years he had given up hope of being in such a position again. "But I'm right there". Schauffele got back on track with a birdie at No. 14 to pull into a tie with eventual victor Francesco Molinari on the 16th tee, but he fell away by making bogey on the next hole. Rory McIlroy, pledging to "go down swinging" to rid himself of a bad Masters memory this year, had another 69 and was part of a large group two shots behind. Very proud of - obviously, playing with Tiger was another challenge because of the crowds and everything.

British Open champion Francesco Molinari of Italy is congratulated by Tiger Woods at the end of the fourth round
Peter Morrison British Open champion Francesco Molinari of Italy is congratulated by Tiger Woods at the end of the fourth round

"I feel like my game's in good shape".

"The one on 16, I probably just didn't give myself enough time to regroup after a photographer was in a world of his own".

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Greller told him no. Play short and it's a wedge to a front pin, easy birdie chance. He then bogeyed the 12th to fall two behind at 4 under. "I knew that Eddie Pepperell had finished 5-under, and I knew if I couldn't get past him, I had no chance".

Francesco Molinari's win at the British Open has broken the American stranglehold on golf's major championships, with a USA golfer having won the previous five.

His anger over his mistakes was tempered by perspective, comparing it to Serena Williams losing in the finals at Wimbledon.

"I played patiently", the three-time major champion said. After leaving Carnoustie, he anticipated a phone call from friend Serena Williams, who also had a close call after a recent return from a lengthy absence.

"I've got a bit of experience at this, maybe more so than some of the other guys on the leaderboard", said McIlroy. He has birdied this hole all three days of the tournament. They were last together three weeks ago when Woods presented him the trophy at the Quicken Loans National after Molinari shot 62 for an eight-shot victory.

This round wasn't flashy, and neither is Molinari.

But not the most memorable.

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