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Francesco Molinari Becomes First Italian To Win A Major Championship

Francesco Molinari Becomes First Italian To Win A Major Championship
By Arthur James O'Dea Updated

Despite being a few shots shy of the lead at the beginning of his round, Francesco Molinari has won the 2018 British Open Championship. In so doing, the 35-year-old from Turin has become the first Italian to win a major championship.

Playing his round with Tiger Woods on this final day of the Open, it had been the American who once looked primed to claim what would have been a spectacular win. However, showing tremendous consistency throughout a tricky day in Carnoustie, Molinari birdied the 18th to finish the round -8; a score high enough to give him the overall lead.

Here was what turned out to be the clinching putt.

Although he might not have been amongst the pre-tournament favourites, some were less surprised than other when Francesco Molinari took control of the leaderboard.

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Although the win will be of enormous importance to Francesco Molinari, there is added significance for the Italian. In 2022 Rome will play host to the Ryder Cup, and, in Molinari's win, one cannot overlook what is sure to be a huge boost for Italian golf ahead of that marquee event.

In what was an incredibly tight field on the closing day of the British Open Championship, second-place was divided between Xander Schauffele,  Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Kevin Kisner.

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