Italy's Francesco Molinari wins British Open at Carnoustie

Italy's Francesco Molinari wins British Open at Carnoustie

For the first time in five years, Tiger Woods was in position to win a major tournament today before collapsing in the final nine holes at The Open Championship (also known as the British Open) at Carnoustie in Scotland.

It was the first time the three-time Open champion, who had begun the day on level par, had led in any major since the 2013 Masters.

Johnson, whose name already is on the claret jug from his playoff victory at St. Andrews three years ago, holed a 30-foot birdie putt Friday on the 18th hole at Carnoustie for a 4-under 67 just as the rain was starting to end.

The American could get the battle with Tiger Woods he has always visioned with the 14-time major victor lurking ominously among the chasing pack after a thrilling day of low scoring at a defenceless Carnoustie.

Woods completed the tourney in sixth place, three shots back of Molinari, his playing partner.

Today's showing was just Woods' tenth major championship start since 2014.

Kisner, who has been at the top of the leaderboard all week, is aiming for a wire-to-wire win, and the form he showed while compiling a 68 on Saturday should serve as a warning to his title rivals.

"Jordan and I, we got off to a nice, sort of easy-going start, had a couple birdie looks and then whatever happened, happened".

"That was big for me just to not finish with two bogeys on the last three holes, playing as well as I did", said Woods. Woods was in control of his game at the halfway point, with a one-shot lead at the turn, within reach of a 15th major. He was tied there with third round co-leader Kevin Kisner.

He held the outright lead after Spieth bogeyed No. 5 and Schauffele carded two bogeys and a double.

But fellow overnight leaders Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner were also having problems so Schauffele made a decision to keep his head down and grind away.

"I'm certainly right there in it", he said.

"Even though he's won 14, you have to learn how to get back", said McIlroy whose last major was in 2014.

The two players missed chances to take the lead for good but missed short putts on the 17th and 16th holes, respectively, before the Italian grabbed a one-shot advantage with a seven-foot birdie putt on the closing hole.

"I've got a bit of experience at this, maybe more so than some of the other guys on the leaderboard", said McIlroy.

Woods will be in the third-to-last pairing, with Francesco Molinari.

Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose each made a run with eagles on the par-5 14th hole, McIlroy with a 50-foot putt, Rose with a second shot that bounced off the base of the pin.

His second shot to the Spectacles 14th was 30 feet behind the flag, and he rolled it up to four feet and made it to go to seven-under at last. Schauffele chopped up the next hole for double bogey.

"I was a little hung over". "But I was trying to take the burn out of the equation by hitting 3 wood to carry it".

England's Eddie Pepperell had set the early clubhouse target after a superb 67 left him five under par, four shots off the lead.

"Even if I don't play my best golf and don't shoot the scores I want, I'm going to go down swinging, and I'm going to go down giving it my best", he said.

Jordan Spieth was tied for the lead at Carnoustie as he tries to become the first repeat victor in 10 years at the British Open.

Rahm said there is a fine line between contending and missing the cut in most major championships, when a few stray shots can make the difference.

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