Live blog: Francesco Molinari birdies 18 to win British Open

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Live blog: Francesco Molinari birdies 18 to win British Open

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Live blog: Francesco Molinari birdies 18 to win British Open

The Open Championship concluded Sunday at Carnoustie, and what a day it was.

Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy all led at one point, but it turned out Francesco Molinari was the champion.

Catch up with what you may’ve missed in the final round below:

Tiger Tracker: A live shot-by-shot look at Tiger’s final round

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UPDATE No. 28 (2:33 p.m. ET): Here’s your Tiger recap for the day. What a charge, TW. That 15th major could come at any time now.

UPDATE No. 27 (2:06 p.m. ET): Schauffele bogeys 17 and can’t hole-out for eagle at the 18th to force a playoff with Molinari.

That means the Italian is your champion! A recap of a wild day…

UPDATE No. 26 (1:32 p.m. ET): Molinari, what a finish!

He stuffs it to 4 feet at 18 for birdie and drains the putt for a 2-under 69. He gets in at 8-under 276 and that gives him a great shot at the Open.

Schauffele is 7 under with two to play and Kisner is 6 under with one to play.

Tiger Woods misses a short birdie putt at the 18th. That’s an even-par 71 that gets him in at 5 under. He won’t win, but what a performance. That’s a T-6 at the moment.

UPDATE No. 25 (1:15 p.m. ET): Molinari had a good look at 17 for birdie, but missed a 20-footer. Tiger got up and down for par to remain 5 under.

Schauffele pars the 15th to stay in a tie for the lead at 7 under. Kevin Chappell is hanging tough at 6 under through 16 after huge par saves at 14 and 15. Spieth is back to 5 under after bogey at 15.

UPDATE No. 24 (1:05 p.m. ET): Rory McIlroy can’t get his birdie putt from 20 feet to drop at the 72nd hole. But a nice par has him in at 1-under 70 and 6 under overall.

That ties him for the clubhouse lead with Justin Rose. Both are one back overall at the moment. Now they wait and see if 6 under can hopefully be good enough for a playoff.

UPDATE No. 23 (12:58 p.m. ET): Xander Schauffele’s ball hits the left lip for eagle at the par-5 14th, and just stays out. Agonizing.

But the tap-in birdie ties him with Molinari for the lead at 7 under. Spieth misses a 6-footer for birdie at the same hole and is at 6 under.

UPDATE No. 22 (12:55 p.m. ET): This is the current top 10 leaderboard, just so you know where everyone stands (it’s tough to keep up!):

UPDATE No. 21 (12:51 p.m. ET): Rory McIlroy pars the 17th and remains 6 under. He drained a gutsy 8-foot par putt to do it.

He comes to the 72nd hole on back.

UPDATE No. 20 (12:44 p.m. ET): Justin Rose stuffs a wedge at the 18th to 3 feet and drains the birdie putt.

Rose had to birdie the 18th on Friday just to make the cut on the number. He then goes 64-69 on the weekend to get in at 6 under. He could be your Open champion! Wow.

We’ll see. He’s currently one back. Rose birdied the 18th all four day, by the way.

UPDATE No. 19 (12:42 p.m. ET): Molinari birdies the 14th, and Tiger drains a 25-footer to birdie as well.

That puts Molinari into the solo lead at 7 under. Tiger remains two back at 5 under.

UPDATE No. 18 (12:38 p.m. ET): The current top 10 leaderboard…

UPDATE No. 17 (12:15 p.m. ET): This day is just unbelievable.

Rory McIlroy drains a 55-footer for eagle at the par-5 14th and ties the lead at 6 under!! Six-way tie for the lead including Rory and Spieth!!! This is unreal.

Tiger unfortunately falls two behind with a bogey at No. 12, but he’s not out of this.

UPDATE No. 16 (12:03 p.m. ET): Tiger doubles the 11th to fall to 5 under.

He’s now out of the lead, and Jordan Spieth is back in the co-lead at 6 under. He leads with Molinari, Kisner and Chappell! Kisner and Spieth both went out in 39 and still lead.

Justin Rose is one back after an eagle at 14.

UPDATE No. 15 (11:53  a.m. ET): Kevin Kisner birdies the 10th and moves to 6 under. That leaves four tied for second at that number.

Kisner, Spieth, Chapell and Molinari are all 6 under. McIlroy has dropped to 4 under.

UPDATE No. 14 (11:48 a.m. ET): Tiger took the solo lead after a Xander double at the seventh.

This is truly getting spectacular. Tiger leads by one over Spieth and Francesco Molinari. Rory McIlroy is just two back. Eddie Pepperell, who closed in 67 hours ago at 5 under is still in this!

UPDATE No. 13 (11:33 a.m. ET): If this wasn’t getting good already … Rory McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11 and is now within two at 5 under!!

Tiger co-leads, Spieth is one back, Rory within two. We don’t deserve this.

UPDATE No. 12 (11:20 a.m. ET): This is unbelievable.

Spieth, for some reason, takes 3-wood on his second at the par-5 sixth, and that goes way right into a gorse bush. He takes an unplayable, finds the green and then three-putts for double bogey to fall to 6 under. Xander Schauffele bogeys the sixth to drop to 7 under.

That means Tiger Woods (and Schauffele) are tied for the lead!! Wow. What a Sunday!

UPDATE No. 11 (10:58 a.m. ET): If you can’t watch this, we don’t understand you.

Spieth and Schauffele both bogey the fifth to fall to 8 under. Meanwhile, Tiger birdies the sixth to move to 7 under.

That’s right, Spieth is tied for the lead and Tiger is just one back. This is real, folks. What an unbelievable Sunday this could be!

UPDATE No. 10 (10:35 a.m. ET): Pepperell pars the 18th to fire a 4-under 67 and get in at 5 under overall.

That is currently the round of the day and he has the clubhouse lead by three! Of course, several groups left to finish and there are six players ahead of his 5 under out on the course. There’s probably a .0000001 percent chance that 5-under total could hold up for a playoff or win.

The conditions are tough but we don’t think nearly tough enough to drop that far. Anyway, at worst, he’s T-7 right now and will finish top 10, maybe top 5!

UPDATE No. 9 (10:26 a.m. ET): You think this wind isn’t wreaking havoc?

Already a smattering of big numbers among the late groups. Kisner goes double bogey-bogey early to fall to 6 under. Tommy Fleetwood double bogeys the sixth to drop to 3 under. Alex Noren does the same at five to also push back to 3 under.

Tiger Woods, on the other hand, birdies the fourth to move to 6 under. He’s now T-3 and three back.

UPDATE No. 8 (10:17 a.m. ET): Wow, here comes Eddie Pepperell!

The Englishman birdies 17 to move 4 under for his round and 5 under overall. If he can somehow birdie 18 as well and post at 6 under, you never know. The conditions are that tough.

Yes, 6 under is a long shot to hold up, but not impossible. Pepperell started the day eight back, but Paul Lawrie won at Carnoustie from 10 behind on Sunday in 1999.

UPDATE No. 7 (10:10 a.m. ET): Rory McIlroy may’ve seen his bid die with a tough start.

He bogeys Nos. 2 and 5 to fall to 3 under. He’s now six back already and fading.

UPDATE No. 6 (10:01 a.m. ET): More separation, unfortunately for Kevin Kisner.

He drives into a fairway bunker at the second, fails to get out on his first attempt and makes double bogey. That quickly drops him to 7 under.

Spieth and Schauffele are now the co-leaders at 9 under.

UPDATE No. 5 (9:56 a.m. ET): We’re already seeing some more separation.

The three co-leaders are all still 9 under after opening pars, and they lead everyone by three after Kevin Chappell bogeys the first to fall to 6 under.

Tiger Woods starts par-par to stay 5 under.

UPDATE No. 4 (9:19 a.m. ET): We might have our round of the day.

Jason Day fires a 3-under 68 to finish his week at 2 under. With conditions only getting tougher and the afternoon groups also facing greater pressure, that could be the day’s low round. Day is currently T-25. He won’t win, but it’ll be interesting to see where he ends up finishing.

UPDATE No. 3 (9:06 a.m. ET): Wind just picked up a little bit more, as we’re getting into 20+ mph territory at the moment.

Before that happened, Erik van Rooyen birdied his first two holes to reach 6 under. Tommy Fleetwood just birdied the first to also reach 6 under. Rory McIlroy (5 under) just teed off. Tiger goes off in just under 20 minutes.

UPDATE No. 2 (8:56 a.m. ET): Sam Locke, a 19-year-old Scot, has officially won the Silver Medal for finishing low amateur.

He was the only amateur to make the cut and goes 72-73-70-78 to get in at 9 over. He’s currently T-75.

UPDATE No. 1 (8:18 a.m. ET): The wind is up in the final round, with breezes in 15+ mph range all day and gusts nearing 30 mph.

So far, that has shown in the scores. There are still sub-par rounds out there, but we don’t see the super low scores of Saturday. The best round in the clubhouse is 2-under 69, and nobody is better than 3 under in his round on the course right now.

Don’t expect Saturday’s shootout, then – especially as these early groups don’t have the pressure of contending that the afternoon set will have. It’ll be interesting how this all plays out.

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