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.