MONDAY  | JULY 23, 2018
by Alex Miceli

It was only fitting that Francesco Molinari would win the British Open. The Italian was the hottest player coming into the 147th British Open, with two victories and two runners-up in his five previous starts worldwide.

During that eight-week stretch – won the BMW PGA, second at the Italian Open, T-25 at the U.S. Open, won the Quicken Loans National and T-2 at the John Deere Classic – Molinari seemed to gain strength from each performance. Though he was not the favorite entering the 147th British Open, he was part of the conversation. But with only one top-10 finish in 10 previous Opens, he didn’t generate a lot of serious attention.


by Alex Miceli

In the span of 30 minutes, Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods finished their final rounds at the British Open. Both major champions occupied the top of the leaderboard at times Sunday at Carnoustie Golf Links, but they had different reactions upon losing to Francesco Molinari (scores).

Woods outplayed Spieth, shooting even-par 71, but Woods stood 2 under for the day at the turn and atop the leaderboard. The difference from when Woods led in the middle of Saturday’s third round and in Sunday’s final round was that he was on top alone, stirring memories of the 14-time major champion in his heyday. But this isn’t the turn-of-the-century Woods who was practically unbeatable as he racked up 79 PGA Tour victories.


by John Hawkins

It’s different on Sunday. Especially a major-championship Sunday, one of the four days each year when the world’s best golfers are invited to edit their own legacy. Winning a few Five & Dime Classics will make you rich. Winning a British Open makes you matter.

The same premise applies to a final-round telecast. It’s all business, meaning no more tales of lore from the nearby watering hole, no more laughing gas from the nutty Irishman. And when the Sunday storyline features the Dude in the Red Shirt, front and center, any voyage away from the TV is made at your own risk.


An ‘Open’ in name only
On the heels of letter writer Jim Kavanagh’s analysis of the R&A's attitude (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 20), let me add to that by saying that the qualification procedure for the “Open” Championship is a complete joke.

There are but 12 spots available in qualifying for all comers, in contrast to the U.S. Open's approximate 80. The rest of the 144 spots in the “Open” (and I use that term loosely) are reserved strictly for touring professionals and a handful of amateur champions.



Number of Italians who have won a British Open, after Francesco Molinari claimed the Claret Jug on Sunday at Carnoustie (Scotland) Golf Links. Italy came close in 1995, when Costantino Rocca lost in a playoff to American John Daly at St. Andrews (scores).



Hawk & Rude: British Open recap
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts review British Open Sunday, which produced one of the most suspenseful final rounds in recent years.

July 24-27
Women’s amateur: Canadian Women’s Amateur

Marine Drive GC, Vancouver, B.C.

Men’s amateur: Pacific Coast Amateur

Olympic Club, San Francisco

July 25-28
Women’s amateur: European Ladies Amateur

Penati Golf Resort, Senica, Slovakia

July 26-29
European Tour: Porsche European Open

Green Eagle GC, Hamburg, Germany Tour: Price Cutter Charity Championship

Highland Springs CC, Springfield, Mo.

LPGA: Ladies Scottish Open

Gullane (Scotland) GC

Champions: Senior British Open

St. Andrews (Old Course), Scotland

PGA Tour: RBC Canadian Open

Glen Abbey GC, Oakville, Ontario

July 27-29
Symetra Tour: Fuccillo Kia Classic of N.Y.

Capital Hills at Albany (N.Y.)

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