Furyk undecided on Woods for Ryder Cup

Furyk undecided on Woods for Ryder Cup

Furyk undecided on Woods for Ryder Cup

35 - Molinari's age; he's the youngest major victor since Sergio Garcia at the 2017 Masters and continues a trend of older British Open winners. And as the massive organisational now swings towards Portrush, event Executive Director Johnnie Cole-Hamilton said, "We are looking forward to a historic milestone with the return of The Open to Northern Ireland".

Delighted Molinari raised the iconic Claret Jug trophy yesterday after becoming the first Italian player to win a major title after one of the most dramatic final rounds in Open Championship history.

"I'm lost for words really", said Molinari, whose finished joint second in last year's US PGA Championship.

Molinari paired with one of golf's biggest legends, Tiger Woods, and when Molinari birdied the 18th hole to seal the deal, he hugged his caddie.

Retaining his Open title looked a distinct possibility as Spieth held a share of the lead heading into the final round, but a 76 on Sunday left him four shots adrift of eventual victor Francesco Molinari.

"I don't really feel like it's a defeat", said McIlroy.

Sunday's result was not what numerous thousands who tracked through the humps and hollows of the links course wanted, though it probably was for the male spectator who heckled Woods as he hit his drive at the final hole.

"We got off to such a nice, easy going start, then every time I looked up at the leaderboard, there's four, five, six guys in the lead, and five, six guys one back", he said.

Ultimately, they were just three more players to be denied by the ice-cold Molinari. "Hopefully, they will get as inspired as I was at the time, watching him vie for the Claret Jug". A look of astonishment crossed his face when he dropped a shot at the fifth, and it was little wonder as the ball went round the lip but refused to drop. "In the beginning of the year, if you had said, 'You'll be playing in the Open Championship, ' I would have said, you know, 'I'll be very lucky to do that'".

However, McIlroy produced just the sort of burst he has become renowned for.

Tiger Woods was in contention to win the British Open, completing one of the most remarkable comebacks in professional sports history, when a heckler shouted into his back swing on the 18th hole.

'It's amusing when you look back, how Tiger has been involved in so numerous greatest moments for Italian golf, ' he said.

"So there's going to be a lot of European guys vying for his partnership in the foursomes at the Ryder Cup, that's for sure".

"I did everything the way I thought I needed to do it to win the championship", Tiger said.

"I played patiently. I put good swings on it. It gives me a lot of encouragement going into the final major of the year (at next month's U.S. PGA)".

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