Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Molinari storms to maiden PGA Tour win

Molinari storms to maiden PGA Tour win

Francesco Molinari became the first Italian in 71 years to win a US PGA event, firing an eight-under-par 62 on Sunday (Jul 1) to capture the Quicken Loans National while Tiger Woods settled for sharing fourth.

The world No 17 produced a world-class display and played a five-hole stretch in six under on his way to a bogey-free 62 at TPC Potomac, ending the week on a tournament record-low of 21 under and becoming the first Italian victor on the PGA Tour since 1947.

Molinari matched the 18-hole course record with the lowest final round by a US PGA victor this season, his career low on the American tour by two shots.

American Ryan Armour was second on 267, one stroke ahead of South Korea's Kang Sung with Woods next on 269, one ahead of Americans Bronson Burgoon and Beau Hossler.

Molinari, who birdied the final two holes for a five-under-par 65, is also going for his first official PGA Tour victory, though that comes with an asterisk.

"It was frustrating because I thought 10 under would have been a good score for me to end at for the day and I could easily have got that on the back nine", Woods said, in a video released by the PGA Tour.

Molinari eagled the par 5 10th - rolling in a 49-foot putt after finding the green in two - and birdied the 11th, the toughest hole at TPC Potomac, to build his lead to six strokes.

Two-times European Ryder Cup member Molinari has been in recent sizzling form in Europe, beating Rory McIlroy to win the BMW PGA Championship outside London last month, so is not likely to be intimidated by Ancer on Sunday.

"What's Francesco's doing in phenomenal".

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The 30-year-old Bhullar, whose last win was in Macao last year, missed his ninth Asian Tour win. I made a few silly mistakes as well. "But I thought I had a legit chance starting that back nine if I posted a number".

Woods felt his own play was generally positive, with a handful of missed opportunities costing him.

"It was not easy to skip Paris and the French Open but I think I can say it was the right decision", he said.

Woods tapped in for birdie at the par-5 second, then sank a 25-foot birdie putt at the par-3 third.

Woods last won in August 2013, claiming his eighth Bridgestone Invitational title.

Julian Suri had a one-shot lead playing the 18th hole and hit his approach into the water, making double bogey.

Following a 275-yard drive at the par-4 fourth leaving 150 yards to the flagstick, Woods stuck his approach within seven feet and putted into the center of the cup, eliciting cheers that could be heard several holes away. A birdie on 14 augured well, before he bogeyed 15th and 16th.

He pumped both arms while clutching a new mallet putter when the ensuing birdie bid fell in the heart of the cup to complete Woods' longest streak of consecutive holes below par this season and the most since his first round of the 2015 Quicken Loans National.

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