Molinari plots course through the mayhem to win Open

Molinari plots course through the mayhem to win Open

There is a birthday celebration later in the evening, the guest list includes the man who played a major role in him becoming a golfer - Anirban Lahiri - but Sharma is already thinking of a Sunday charge.

Woods birdied two of his first six holes to get to 7-under-par, a shot behind Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele. It's kind of a dream come true just to have the opportunity.

England's Justin Rose is a shot behind Woods and McIlroy after earlier equalling the lowest score in an Open at Carnoustie with a brilliant 64, a day after needing a birdie on the last just to make the cut.

The first to congratulate him was Woods. He sent it bouncing and rolling along the firm turf, down a hill and onto the green to about 10 feet away for an eagle.

The 14-time major victor is playing in his first Open for three years having missed all the majors in 2016 and 2017. Woods shot 71 on Sunday, including a back-nine 37, to finish in a three-way tie for sixth at 5-under 279 (71-71-66-71).

"It seemed like everybody was shooting six, seven under and I figured I could probably do the same and I needed to with the leaders starting at six". Schauffele made double bogey on the next hole, leaving one in the wispy grass, another over the green. Rose is No. 3 and almost joined them until he made an 18-foot birdie putt on the last hole to make the cut on the number. "It was like a £9 haircut and I tipped them".

"We've got pretty much a new tournament [Sunday]", Spieth said. The greatest story remains untold, but Tiger Woods at least led the Open on the back nine on the final day and, having been described...

The wind is expected to be the strongest it has been all week today. Spieth, who spent Saturday morning watching the Open on television, asked caddie Michael Greller on the practice range, "Do we like driver?"

Rahm shot a second round 78, but the birdie on the tough 18th hole was little consolation for his week's work. A month later, he shot 62 in the final round to win the Quicken Loans National, with tournament host Woods finishing fourth and presenting Molinari the trophy.

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The Black Ferns were made to fight all the way in beating the US in the semi-finals and the final proved a stroll by comparison. The Springbok Women's Sevens team suffered defeats against Russian Federation (24-14) and China (29-5).

Twelve players were separated by four shots, a group that includes Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood and Zach Johnson. They all dropped shots on a day when there was no time to go backward.

Spieth failed to make a birdie in the final round, adding instead three bogeys and a double-bogey, the latter courtesy of that visit to the bush on the par-5 sixth. He shot 72 and was in the group four behind. There was once a six-way tie for the lead.

Of the five players separated by three shots, only Spieth has experience winning a major. The San Diego native who saw Woods' last major win was now being chased by him in the game's oldest championship.

His move started with a sudden decision.

The opening hole is 396 yards on the card, with the fairway getting narrow between two bunkers.

Schauffele had to hole out a wedge on the final hole and checked up well short of the hole. "I'm right there. I've got a chance at this, which is great".

"It would be better (to have led) on Sunday but I'm right there".

"Judging by the conditions and what's going to be going on, I would imagine it's going to be more of a grind all day", said Kisner, who has been sharing a house with Spieth and several other American stars in Scotland this week.

Molinari took the lead for the first time with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 14th.

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