Molinari tops crowded field for British Open title, breaks US stranglehold on majors

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Francesco Molinari British Open

CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND – JULY 22: Francesco Molinari of Italy kisses the Claret Jug after winning the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 22, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Francesco Molinari has won the British Open for his first major title after emerging from a crowded pack including Tiger Woods in a wild final round at Carnoustie.

Molinari shot a bogey-free, 2-under 69 to finish on 8-under 276. He became the first Italian to capture a major championship.

Molinari’s win at the British Open has broken the American stranglehold on golf’s major championships, with a U.S. golfer having won the previous five.

It caps a stunning stretch for the 15th-ranked Molinari, who has won on the PGA and European Tours in the previous two months.

Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner finished in a tie for second place at the British Open, two shots behind Francesco Molinari.

Molinari didn’t drop a shot over the weekend at Carnoustie.

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