The Open Championship this year was played at the beautiful, but tough Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. The tournament was one to remember as 8 golfers finished within three shots of each-other!
Francesco Molinari was able to stay consistent and play the final two rounds bogey free to become The Open Champion and be able to lift the Claret Jug! Molinari had a ton of competition behind him that were not able to do enough to overtake him in the late stages.
We will start with Tiger Woods. Tiger had a terrible stretch of holes that took him out of contention as he double-bogeyed 11 and bogeyed 12. Woods led at one point sitting at -7 before he had his mishaps on 11. The golf world began to watch Tiger once they found out he was leading, but sadly he was not able to pull it off.
Next, Rory Mcllroy, Jordan Spieth, and Justin Rose hung around, but were also not able to do enough. Rory got to -6 with an eagle on 14, however after that he made all pars when he needed a birdie or two. Jordan overall had a tough day on the course shooting +5. Lastly, Justin made eagle on 14 and birdie on 18 to post -6 as the score to beat early, but obviously Molinari ended up beating the score after a great effort by Rose!
Then, the man that knew what had to be done with two holes left, was not able to handle the task. Xander Schauffle knew that he needed to make at least one birdie on either hole 17 or 18 to at least tie Molinari. Xander had a wild hole 17 and was able to barely save bogey taking him out of contention giving Molinari the victory. Xander made a good run at his first major and I expect to see his golf game continue to grow after seeing how well he played at The Open!
Now to wrap things up, I want to briefly mention how some other Top 10 golfers weeks went at Carnoustie. Brooks Keopka, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood all played great golf, but were not in contention as the final round came to a close. Then there were the ones that we not fortunate enough to even make the cut. World #1 and #2 Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas both failed to make the cut, as did world #5 Jon Rahm. Two other notables who did not make the cut were Sergio Garcia who has been struggling a ton lately, and Hideki Matsuyama who still cannot win a major.
The Open 2018 was an eventful tournament and we look forward to next years at Royal Portrush!