The Open Notebook - Harry Kane, birthday curry and fighting with a door
After four dramatic days of action, Francesco Molinari became Champion Golfer of the Year at Carnoustie following a flawless final round.
The Italian held off a resurgent Tiger Woods, a battling Justin Rose and a dangerous Rory McIlroy among many others to lift the Claret Jug.
But away from all the drama, there were plenty of quirky stories from across the Angus links and we've collated them for you in our final Open Notebook.
Making a splash in Italy
Francesco Molinari claimed that if Ferrari had won the German Grand Prix this afternoon his sporting achievement at Carnoustie, where he became the first Italian to win a major tournament, would be a footnote.
Well the best Kimi Raikkonen could manage was third at Hockenheimring and leading Italian sports title La Gazzetta dello Sport splashed on his heroics.
The headline: “Molinari trionfa e fa la storia’ - or 'Molinari triumphs and makes history'. Could not have put it better ourselves.
Captain Kane checks in
England's football captain Harry Kane was spotted at Carnoustie, the World Cup golden boot winner underlining his passion for golf.
Kane has a golf simulator at home and once described his perfect Sunday as: “Having a game of golf, a barbecue and watching the golf on TV.”
At The Open he got to do it in person.
Celebrity isn’t new here - when Ben Hogan won in 1953 he was followed shot for shot by his great friend Frank Sinatra.
Stenson on the wrong side of the door
Fighting with doors is not advisable at the best of times, especially before an Open, and Henrik Stenson admits that’s what held him back this week.
The 2016 Champion Golfer of the Year banged his elbow and almost pulled out of Carnoustie but did make the cut before finishing on one over in a tie for 35th.
As he said: “I lost.”
And when a journalist questioned his story, wondering if it was actually done elbowing another person, Stenson went into flat-out denial mode, with a slight warning thrown in for good measure.
"No," said the Swede. "You would have known." Cue laughter, perhaps of the nervous variety, from the press pack.
Table for dinner?
It has not escaped the attention of Shubhankar Sharma that he could celebrate his birthday at The Open every year after turning 22 on Saturday.
However, he acknowledged that his dinner plans may to change depending on the host course after dining at a Carnoustie curry house.
Fearing that no other Indian restaurant can live up to last night’s destination, he said: “We'll have to cook at home.”
Casey finally in the red
He may not have finished under par at The Open this week (he ended four-over for the Championship in a tie for 51st) but Paul Casey was in the red when it came to wine at least.
The 41-year-old found time to go for a round with R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers at nearby Panmure Golf Club and took no prisoners with alcohol on the line.
“Panmure is a really good course,” said Casey. “I parred the 6th hole, didn't put it in Hogan's bunker.
“I won a bottle of wine off Slumbers this past week after playing against him. You can put that down!”
McNicoll gets his standing ovation
Keir McNicoll was not officially in the field for The 147th Open but he perhaps got the loudest cheer of the day at the 18th green.
The Carnoustie Assistant Club Pro was acting as a marker for American Beau Hossler and holed out from off the green on the 18th in front of the grandstand.
A lovely moment for McNicoll and we profiled the 34-year-old after his round with Gavin Green on Saturday, which you can read here.
LBW? Not for Schauffele
As a fan of basketball, baseball, football and hockey Xander Schauffele considers himself a sporting encyclopaedia.
And with German and French heritage, as evidenced by his surname, the man who finished tied-second at The Open unsurprisingly has eclectic taste.
But what about cricket?
“I don't know about that one,” he admitted. Out for a duck I'm afraid, Xander.
Almost an albatross for Justin
Justin Rose was almost out of The Open on Friday night before a birdie at 18 saved him. He almost made it count, with an eagle at 14 catapulting him into contention – but it was so nearly so much more.
Rose’s monstrous approach to the par-five 14th rattled the pin, cueing gasps from the gallery. Had that gone in, it would have brought the house down.
Quote of the Day:
The last word can only come from our Champion Golfer of the Year - a man who supposedly does not like playing at Carnoustie:
"It's amazing to stand here with the Claret Jug. I knew I was coming in with some good golf. My record around here was terrible. So that didn't make me too optimistic about the week, but I just tried to not think about it and focus on hitting good shots day by day."
PGA Tour professional Wesley Bryan tweeted his support to his friend Francesco Molinari - revealing what the Italian had told him after they played in China.
Apparently he plans to retire in two and a half years, watch sports on television and drink a lot of coffee.
Pic of the day
After becoming 2018 Champion Golfer of the Year, Molinari was snapped behind the scenes in the locker room:
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