Francesco Molinari wins the 147th Open Championship

July 22, 2018 - 2:57 pm
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Nick Lozanovski Reporting:

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Francesco Molinari is your champion golfer of the year. The Italian shot an 8 under par 276 to win the tournament. To secure the win, Molinari shot a 2 under par 69 on Sunday. Molinari became the first Italian golfer to win a major championship.

Opening with 13 straight pars, Molinari's Sunday round was the pillar of consistency. On a Sunday when the wind was howling, Molinari was the only player in the field who did not bogey a hole. A tremendous appraoch shot on the 18th hole all but assured Molinari the victory, as he hit the ball to within several feet of the hole. After nailing the birdie putt a wave of joy came over the face of Molinari as he confirmed that he was the clubhouse leader.

Aside from Molinari, a strong group of golfers tied for second place. Justin Rose, Rory Mcilroy, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele tied for second place with a score of 6 under par. Americans Tiger Woods and Kevin Chappell tied for sixth place with a score of 5 under par.

In addition to the 1.89 million dollar first prize, Molinari will get a haul of exemptions into future tournaments. The Italian is now granted access to The Open until he is 60 years old, a five-year PGA tour exemption, and a five year exemption to the other three major championships. The 148th Open Championship will take place at Royal Portrush in 2019, marking the first time The Open has returned to Northern Ireland in almost 70 years.

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