Woods 'blessed' to have chance to win The Open

Tiger Woods moves into share of lead at British Open

Francesco Molinari played a steady hand amid the cheers for Tiger Woods and another insane ending at Carnoustie to win the British Open and become Italy's first major champion.

Woods led the field by one shot with eight holes to play, which was the first time he led a major on the final day since the 2011 Masters, but fell apart down the stretch after a pair of bad tee shots ultimately doomed him. The clincher was a bold drive on the 18th hole that flirted with edge of a pot bunker, a wedge to 5 feet and a birdie putt that made him a major champion.

Schauffele had to settle for second place with Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Kevin Kisner, all of whom had plenty of reason to hope on a warm, windy afternoon that put plenty of bite back into Carnoustie.

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Initially it had looked as though Molinari's playing partner Woods was on course for a 15th Major Championship a decade after landing his 14th. It felt like old times at the British Open, as familiar as his Sunday red shirt and the swarm of fans that cheered his every shot. But 69 was the low score among the first 22 players out in Sunday's final round as the breeze was blowing 15-20 miles per hour. "I just need to get off to a fast start tomorrow".

The pair of course had some history - Molinari beat Woods with the famous concession on the final hole of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah, the completion of Europe's famous comeback victory over the USA. Kisner, who started the third round tied for the lead, was never far away but had to work hard to stay there.

The American star sits level on nine under par alongside compatriots Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner as he aims for a repeat of his victory at Royal Birkdale 12 months ago, although there is a large chasing pack ready to pounce, with Tiger Woods right in the mix. "Today wasn't quite as good, but I finally birdied the par 5".

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Marc Leishman found himself nine strokes off the pace despite also shooting a third-round 69, while Jason Day is 10 back after a disappointing 72.

Jordan Spieth, tied for the lead in his bid to go back-to-back in the British Open, failed to make a single birdie and shot 76, his highest score Sunday in a major.

Spieth bogeyed No. 5 then made double-bogey at the sixth hole after taking a drop then three-putting.

"I played a little bit better yesterday", Woods said of his matching scores for the opening two rounds.

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland There is nothing flashy about Francesco Molinari except for the players he keeps beating.

"Just disbelief, to be honest", the 35-year-old said.

"I don't know what I want, a lot of wind maybe to get it trickier, but I'm just going to have to find that great round of golf".

Woods was "back at the top of his game, " said Shaun Morris, who got Woods to sign four new gloves after the round and planned to give them to his friends back home in South Africa. He missed a short birdie putt and tapped in for par to finish off his final-round 71. However, it proved to be a false dawn as three dropped shots in two holes saw him fall behind and in the end the 14-time major victor was being consoled by his two children. So big credit to my wife that watches me all the time. I'm only a few shots behind.

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