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The 147th Open 2018 / Carnoustie

Francesco Molinari continued his stellar 2018 season by winning his first major at The Open after a titanic final round battle at Carnoustie.

A new Carnoustie record of 172,000 spectators were enthralled by events during The 147th Open, culminating in Italy’s first winner of the Claret Jug and indeed any major.

Molinari was paired with Tiger Woods on the final day, starting three shots behind a trio of Americans atop the leaderboard. 

And the Turin native became the 2018 Champion Golfer of the Year after a final round 69 for an 8-under-par total of 276. 

His bogey-free play over the weekend over the Angus links will go down as one of the most consistent performances in the history of The Open. 

While the recent history of Carnoustie is normally players losing the Championship, Molinari’s performance was much closer aligned to Gary Player (1968) and Ben Hogan (1953). 

His closing birdie ensured that he’d clinch the Claret Jug by two shots from Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

In his opening remarks on becoming Champion Golfer of the Year, the 35-year-old said:

“What a week! It is incredible to stand here and I should thank all my family for the support they give me when I travel all around the world. This golf course was incredible, the R&A did an amazing job of setting it up.” Francesco Molinari

"I have been beaten up around here in the past and I don't like that feeling. To play the weekend bogey-free around here is impressive."

This win eclipsed Molinari previous career high finish of second in a major at the PGA Championship in 2017. 

The Italian made The Open the ninth tournament win of his career, a CV which includes the BMW PGA Championship and the WGC HSBC Champions event.

Justin Rose shot the best round of the week – a 64 on Saturday to get himself into contention – while Zander Lombard of South Africa became the first man to eagle the difficult finishing hole at Carnoustie on the same day. 

A product of 1999 Champion Golfer Paul Lawrie’s academy, Sam Locke, followed in the footsteps of Rory McIlroy to win the Silver Medal as the leading amateur.

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Francesco MOLINARI
1
70
72
65
69
276
-8
T2
72
73
64
69
278
-6
T2
69
69
70
70
278
-6
T2
66
70
68
74
278
-6
T2
71
66
67
74
278
-6
T6
71
70
71
67
279
-5
T6
71
71
66
71
279
-5
T6
70
69
67
73
279
-5
T9
67
71
71
71
280
-4
T9
70
68
70
72
280
-4
T9
72
67
65
76
280
-4
T12
70
71
70
70
281
-3
T12
70
70
70
71
281
-3
T12
68
73
69
71
281
-3
T12
72
65
71
73
281
-3
T12
70
71
67
73
281
-3
T17
71
71
72
68
282
-2
Pat PEREZ
T17
69
68
74
71
282
-2
T17
67
71
71
73
282
-2
T17
71
70
68
73
282
-2
T17
71
70
68
73
282
-2
T17
69
67
72
74
282
-2
T17
70
71
67
74
282
-2
T24
72
70
71
70
283
-1
T24
73
69
70
71
283
-1
Bernhard LANGER
T24
73
71
68
71
283
-1
T24
69
71
70
73
283
-1
T28
70
73
70
71
284
-
Julian SURI
T28
74
69
70
71
284
-
T28
75
70
68
71
284
-
T28
70
69
73
72
284
-
T28
72
70
69
73
284
-
T28
70
74
66
74
284
-
Austin COOK
T28
72
70
67
75
284
-
T35
70
75
71
69
285
1
T35
73
70
71
71
285
1
Michael KIM
T35
73
69
69
74
285
1
Satoshi KODAIRA
T35
72
71
68
74
285
1
T39
70
70
77
69
286
2
T39
72
69
75
70
286
2
Cameron DAVIS
T39
71
72
73
70
286
2
T39
74
71
71
70
286
2
Masahiro KAWAMURA
T39
77
67
71
71
286
2
Ross FISHER
T39
75
70
68
73
286
2
T39
72
69
69
76
286
2
T39
71
72
67
76
286
2
Brendan STEELE
T47
68
76
73
70
287
3
T47
75
70
68
74
287
3
Sean CROCKER
T47
71
71
69
76
287
3
Yusaku MIYAZATO
T47
71
74
65
77
287
3
T51
75
70
73
70
288
4
T51
74
71
72
71
288
4
T51
70
73
73
72
288
4
T51
73
71
72
72
288
4
T51
73
71
71
73
288
4
T51
70
73
71
74
288
4
Jason DUFNER
T51
75
70
68
75
288
4
Lucas HERBERT
T51
73
69
69
77
288
4
T51
73
71
66
78
288
4
60
72
72
69
76
289
5
Brett RUMFORD
T61
74
70
72
74
290
6
Gavin GREEN
T61
72
73
71
74
290
6
Marcus KINHULT
T61
74
69
71
76
290
6
T61
68
72
73
77
290
6
T61
72
72
69
77
290
6
T61
74
68
69
79
290
6
T67
71
72
75
73
291
7
Paul DUNNE
T67
71
73
73
74
291
7
T67
71
72
72
76
291
7
Rhys ENOCH
T67
74
71
70
76
291
7
Matthew SOUTHGATE
T67
69
72
73
77
291
7
T67
69
72
72
78
291
7
T67
67
71
71
82
291
7
74
74
70
76
72
292
8
Beau HOSSLER
T75
73
70
77
73
293
9
T75
74
71
74
74
293
9
T75
72
73
70
78
293
9
78
73
71
73
77
294
10
79
74
71
73
77
295
11
Daniel BERGER
M/C
73
73
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
69
77
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
74
72
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
69
77
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
75
71
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
74
72
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
75
71
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
75
71
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
73
73
-
-
-
M/C
Fabrizio ZANOTTI
M/C
72
74
-
-
-
M/C
Martin KAYMER
M/C
71
75
-
-
-
M/C
George COETZEE
M/C
75
71
-
-
-
M/C
Peter UIHLEIN
M/C
74
72
-
-
-
M/C
Charl SCHWARTZEL
M/C
74
73
-
-
-
M/C
Kelly KRAFT
M/C
74
73
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
72
75
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
72
75
-
-
-
M/C
Jordan SMITH
M/C
74
73
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
71
76
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
75
72
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
74
73
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
71
76
-
-
-
M/C
Chesson HADLEY
M/C
73
74
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
69
78
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
73
75
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
76
72
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
75
73
-
-
-
M/C
Bronson BURGOON
M/C
74
74
-
-
-
M/C
Nicolai HOJGAARD
M/C
72
76
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
75
74
-
-
-
M/C
Russell HENLEY
M/C
69
80
-
-
-
M/C
Ryuko TOKIMATSU
M/C
72
77
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
71
78
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
73
76
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
73
76
-
-
-
M/C
Scott JAMIESON
M/C
75
74
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
76
73
-
-
-
M/C
Marcus ARMITAGE
M/C
80
69
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
72
78
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
71
79
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
72
78
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
76
74
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
74
76
-
-
-
M/C
Thomas CURTIS
M/C
82
68
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
76
74
-
-
-
M/C
Hideto TANIHARA
M/C
75
75
-
-
-
M/C
Anirban LAHIRI
M/C
76
74
-
-
-
M/C
Jhonattan VEGAS
M/C
76
74
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
72
78
-
-
-
M/C
Haraldur MAGNUS
M/C
72
78
-
-
-
M/C
Kodai ICHIHARA
M/C
78
72
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
77
74
-
-
-
M/C
Michael HENDRY
M/C
73
78
-
-
-
M/C
Shota AKIYOSHI
M/C
77
74
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
Ryan ARMOUR
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
Matt JONES
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
Retief GOOSEN
M/C
74
77
-
-
-
M/C
Danthai BOONMA
M/C
78
74
-
-
-
M/C
Jonas BLIXT
M/C
77
76
-
-
-
M/C
Nicolas COLSAERTS
M/C
79
74
-
-
-
M/C
Grant FORREST
M/C
80
73
-
-
-
M/C
Min Chel CHOI
M/C
79
74
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
76
78
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
73
81
-
-
-
M/C
Masanori KOBAYASHI
M/C
82
72
-
-
-
M/C
Brady SCHNELL
M/C
79
75
-
-
-
M/C
Yuxin LIN
M/C
80
74
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
79
76
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
78
77
-
-
-
M/C
James ROBINSON
M/C
75
81
-
-
-
M/C
Andrew LANDRY
M/C
80
77
-
-
-
M/C
Jovan REBULA
M/C
79
79
-
-
-
M/C
Jens DANTORP
M/C
76
82
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
82
83
-
-
-
M/C
WD
80
-
-
-
-
M/C

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