2018 British Open Tournament: Molinari First Italian Winner

Francesco Molinari with the Claret Jug after winning the 2018 British Open.
Francesco Molinari with the Claret Jug after winning the 2018 British Open. Sam Greenwood/Getty Images 

At the 2018 British Open, Francesco Molinari did something no other Italian golfer had done in this tournament: win. Molinari became not just the first golfer from Italy to win the Open Championship, but the first Italian winner of any of the four majors of men's professional golf.

Molinari got into the mix with a 65 in the third round, but the leaders entering the final round were Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele at 9-under. Tiger Woods also lurked at 5-under.

Spieth and Schauffele both encoundered trouble midway through the front nine of the final round, however. When Woods birdied to reach 7-under, he was alone in the lead—10 years after his most recent win in a major championship.

But Woods soon stumbled himself. Meanwhile, Molinari, playing in the same pairing with Woods, kept going, consistent and trouble-free. He finished the tournament on a 37-hole, bogey-free streak.

Molinari shot 69 in the final round to finish at 8-under 276. That was two ahead of the runners-up, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Kevin Kisner and Schauffele.

Woods finished at 5-under after a final-round, even-par 71. Spieth carded a 5-over 76 in the final round and finished four strokes behind Molinari.

Final Scores of the 2018 British Open

Here are the final scores for the 2018 British Open played at Carnoustie Golf Links (par-71) in Angus, Scotland:

Francesco Molinari 70-72-65-69—276
Justin Rose 72-73-64-69—278
Rory McIlroy 69-69-70-70—278
Kevin Kisner 66-70-68-74—278
Xander Schauffele 71-66-67-74—278
Eddie Pepperell 71-70-71-67—279
Tiger Woods 71-71-66-71—279
Kevin Chappell 70-69-67-73—279
Tony Finau 67-71-71-71—280
Matt Kuchar 70-68-70-72—280
Jordan Spieth 72-67-65-76—280
Patrick Cantlay 70-71-70-70—281
Thorbjorn Olesen 70-70-70-71—281
Ryan Moore 68-73-69-71—281
Tommy Fleetwood 72-65-71-73—281
Webb Simpson 70-71-67-73—281
Jason Day 71-71-72-68—282
Pat Perez 69-68-74-71—282
Erik van Rooyen 67-71-71-73—282
Charley Hoffman 71-70-68-73—282
Adam Scott 71-70-68-73—282
Zach Johnson 69-67-72-74—282
Alexander Noren 70-71-67-74—282
Stewart Cink 72-70-71-70—283
Phil Mickelson 73-69-70-71—283
Bernhard Langer 73-71-68-71—283
Danny Willett 69-71-70-73—283
Thomas Pieters 70-73-70-71—284
Julian Suri 74-69-70-71—284
Rickie Fowler 70-69-73-72—284
Patrick Reed 75-70-68-71—284
Louis Oosthuizen 72-70-69-73—284
Chris Wood 70-74-66-74—284
Austin Cook 72-70-67-75—284
Henrik Stenson 70-75-71-69—285
Adam Hadwin 73-70-71-71—285
Michael Kim 73-69-69-74—285
Satoshi Kodaira 72-71-68-74—285
Luke List 70-70-77-69—286
Cameron Davis 71-72-73-70—286
Brooks Koepka 72-69-75-70—286
Ryan Fox 74-71-71-70—286
Masahiro Kawamura 77-67-71-71—286
Ross Fisher 75-70-68-73—286
Li Haotong 71-72-67-76—286
Kyle Stanley 72-69-69-76—286
Brendan Steele 68-76-73-70—287
Tom Lewis 75-70-68-74—287
Sean Crocker 71-71-69-76—287
Yusaku Miyazato 71-74-65-77—287
Bryson DeChambeau 75-70-73-70—288
Tyrrell Hatton 74-71-72-71—288
Kevin Na 70-73-73-72—288
Paul Casey 73-71-72-72—288
Shubhankar Sharma 73-71-71-73—288
Yuta Ikeda 70-73-71-74—288
Jason Dufner 75-70-68-75—288
Lucas Herbert 73-69-69-77—288
Byeong Hun An 73-71-66-78—288
Marc Leishman 72-72-69-76—289
Brett Rumford 74-70-72-74—290
Gavin Kyle Green 72-73-71-74—290
Marcus Kinhult 74-69-71-76—290
Brandon Stone 68-72-73-77—290
Lee Westwood 72-72-69-77—290
Shaun Norris 74-68-69-79—290
Si Woo Kim 71-72-75-73—291
Paul Dunne 71-73-73-74—291
Gary Woodland 71-72-72-76—291
Matthew Southgate 69-72-73-77—291
Rhys Enoch 74-71-70-76—291
Sung-hoon Kang 69-72-72-78—291
Zander Lombard 67-71-71-82—291
Rafael Cabrera Bello 74-70-76-72—292
Beau Hossler 73-70-77-73—293
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 74-71-74-74—293
Sam Locke 72-73-70-78—293
Cameron Smith 73-71-73-77—294
Keegan Bradley 74-71-73-77—295

The 2018 British Open Golf Course

This was the eighth time that Carnoustie was the site of the British Open, and the first since 2007. Carnoustie was first used as the Open site in 1931, and the winner was Tommy Armour.

Two of the Opens at Carnoustie really stand out. In 1953, Ben Hogan won in his only British Open appearance. That was the year that Hogan won all three major championships in which he played. And in 1999, Paul Lawrie won in a playoff after Jean Van de Velde's epic final-hole collapse.

Other years when Carnoustie was the tournament site (with winners in parentheses) were 1937 (Henry Cotton), 1968 (Gary Player), 1975 (Tom Watson) and 2007 (Padraig Harrington).

The Carnoustie course record is 64, first achieved in 1994 and most recently recorded by Alexander Noren in the European Tour's 2016 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.