Latest Golf News (Week 4 July 2018)

Latest Golf News

Molinari holds of star names to win The Open

The audience at Carnoustie watched in awe as Francesco Molinari held off a pack of big names like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose to become the first Italian to win The Open Championship. The 35-year-old finished eight under, after producing a two under final round of 69 on a windy day on the Scottish links. Two shots behind Molinari, lie four players tied on six under, which include home favourites Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose. After leading the first half of the round, Tiger Woods finished five under, while Jordan Spieth finished on four. Molinari was reported saying,” I think it will take a long time to sink in. it has been a great week.” The Europe Ryder cup participant began his final day three shot off the overnight leaders Jordan Spieth, Xander Schaufelle and Kevin Kisner, but he maintained his composure while the above three dropped shots during the thrilling fight for the lead position. Molinari said that the he felt some discomfort on the course on the first two days, but he added that it was an incredible feeling to have a bogey-free round on the final day.

 

Sam Locke turns professional

19-year-old Sam Locke says his achievement at the Open Championship accelerated his decision of turning professional. He was the only Scotsman to successfully make the cut at Carnoustie and also won the Silver Medal for being the leading amateur, having finished nine over par. The Paul Lawrie Foundation golfer told reporters,” It was nice to win the Silver Medal in The Open Championships and make that cut at my first major championship. But I’ve got to keep working hard.” Sam’s caddie at Carnoustie was his father Andrew Locke, who is a PGA professional. Andrew explained that even when Sam won last year’s Scottish Amateur Championship, he showed composure and was comfortable with the large audience, a quality which proved that Sam was ready to go pro.

 

Woods eligible for WGC event first time in four years

Finishing five under at the Open Championship, Tiger Woods may have missed out on his 15th major. However, his stunning performance at Carnoustie did earn him a spot at the World Golf Championships- Bridgestone Invitational, which is to take place in two weeks. With an even par 71, Woods finished in a tie for the sixth position on The Open leaderboard. His play moved him into the 50th place on the Official World Gold Rankings, hence making him eligible for the WGC event, a first for him in four years. This is an important occurrence for mainly two reasons. First, Tiger had announced that he would not be playing again before PGA in case he did not make it to the Bridgestone Invitational. Second, this is the last Bridgestone Invitational to take place at Firestone Country Club, a course where Woods has had eight victories.