Open 2018

Forza Italia. Molinari holds his nerve to win the Open at Carnoustie

In the pictures are Francesco Molinari, Sam Locke, the young Scot who won the silver medal for best amateur; the presentation scene at Carnoustie and David Livingstone, formerly of the Lennox Herald, with former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley. Anchor man Livingstone introduced the four-day spectacular on Sky Television featuring the world’s best golfers.

BBC Sport reports: Francesco Molinari became the first Italian to win a major, holding off a pack of star names to claim The Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Molinari produced a faultless final round of 69 in windy conditions on the Scottish links to finish eight under.

He finished two ahead of four players, including home favourites Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy, tied on six under.

Tiger Woods finished five under after leading midway through the round, with Jordan Spieth on four under.

Molinari, 35, emerged from a six-way tie for the lead, when all the players were either on the back nine or in the clubhouse, to lift the Claret Jug.

The Europe Ryder Cup player started the final day three shots adrift of overnight leaders Spieth, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele, but maintained composure while his rivals all dropped shots in a thrilling battle for the lead.

“It is absolutely amazing,” Molinari said. “I think it will take a long time to sink in. It has been a great week.

“The course bit me a few times in the first two days, but to go bogey-free around this track at the weekend is incredible.”

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