Molinari dedicates Open triumph to 'hero and idol' Costantino Rocca

Molinari dedicates Open triumph to 'hero and idol' Costantino Rocca

Asked if Molinari could win more majors, Bjorn added: "He certainly has that type of game where he can go out and challenge the best players in the world". He made his first birdie at the relatively easy 14th and banked only his second birdie of the round on the 72nd hole with a long drive and pitch to five feet.

"To me, it's just so special to have them aware because I've won a lot of golf tournaments in my career, but they don't remember any of them". And with that he probably knew that his opportunity to win the Claret Jug for a second time had gone too. "My record around here was awful".

"Today was a good day for both of us with that, I guess".

"It is absolutely awesome", Turin-born Molinari, who went bogey-free from the 17th hole of his second round, said.

Molinari didn't record a single bogey over the weekend at Carnoustie.

Rory McIlroy continued to bounce back from his US Open disappointment by positioning himself three shots off the halfway lead at the Travelers Championship. A double-bogey 6 after finding a bunker off the tee at the second hole was followed by a bogey at the next as Kisner struggled to deal with an early stiff wind. He came on strong in the final round, holding the lead at one point. The welcome nostalgia trip was short lived, however, as a run of bum luck on the eleventh and twelfth holes cost Woods three strokes just as his playing partner, Molinari, began turning on the jets. "I think that I have that going for me".

"I'll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I've done, and the golf that I played, and I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what's coming up". Either that, or they're a little bit over-served (with drink).

With defending champion Jordan Spieth, Woods, English duo Rose and Tommy Fleetwood and McIlroy in the Sunday mix, the Molinari sub-plot was nearly overlooked as the leading groups went out. Westwood beat everyone else by nine shots in the HSBC Champions and lost by one to Molinari.

In addition to Molinari's impressive victory, the Open had its share of memorable moments. Sadly, unless he successfully defends his title at St Andrews later this week, he will have played his last Open.

"I know I won but for me to realise exactly what I've done and what this means for me and Italian golf - and also for the remaining part of my career - it will take some time and hopefully I can take it as motivation to work even harder and try to achieve even greater things".

'I only got to see the last four holes because my son and I were flying to Scotland but I wasn't nervous when I saw how he was hitting the ball. I'm not going to do that anymore. 'I can't wait to get going, ' said the 19-year-old Scot.

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