Francesco Molinari won the British Open on Sunday, giving Italy its first major golf victory after emerging from a packed leader board in the final round.
Molinari, who won his first PGA Tour event this month at the Quicken Loans National, surged into contention with six birdies for a six-under-par 65 on Saturday before sealing the win with a two-under 69 on Sunday at Carnoustie Golf Links for a four-round total of eight-under 276. His victory culminated an impressive run this summer: Molinari, 35, tied for second at the John Deere Classic a week before the Open.
He had to hold off a group of challengers including Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods on Sunday to deliver his country’s greatest golf achievement. His win helped him eclipse Costantino Rocca, who finished second at the 1995 British Open.