Molinari pulls away at Quicken Loans for first PGA Tour win


Francesco Molinari

Tiger Woods roared into contention for his first victory since 2013, matching the best round of his injury comeback with a five-under par 65 Friday at the US PGA Quicken Loans National.

Near misses on the putting surface during his inward nine, including bogeys at Nos.

Tiger Woods finished the tournament in a tie for fourth with Abraham Ancer at 11 under.

A group after Ancer closed with a nine-foot birdie putt, 14-time major victor Woods found a bunker at 18 and missed an eight-foot par putt, taking his fourth bogey to shoot 68 and share 10th on 203.

'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'.

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.

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. Finally on the 10 tee, I knew where I was standing was a little fishy but I couldn't un-commit to where I was standing.

He will be returning to Carnoustie for a first time also after having driven his opening tee shot out-of-bounds left into the Barry Burn that runs the entire length of the opening fairway but for this year's Open is being classed as a lateral hazard.

"The crowds were absolutely fantastic. There's no way around it", Ancer said.

"I just went out there and acted like I should be there", Fawcett said. The roars were insane.

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

"One of the neat things about playing an Open Championship - they don't really care what par is", Woods said.

Woods has won three Opens in his career, two at St.Andrews in 2000 and 2005 and a very emotional third Claret Jug in 2006 at Royal Liverpool. "It's going to be long grinds". Kinhult was 10-under through three rounds and Wood was eight-under.

Molinari made just two bogeys for the week and only one over his final 68 holes. He missed a 15-foot birdie putt at the fourth but landed his approach at the fifth 2 1/2 feet from the cup and tapped in for birdie.

Woods found that out the hard way with three shots from the rough that sailed some 30 yards over the green, leading to bogeys. He won by eight shots.

Ryu made a 20-footer for birdie from the fringe, and Park followed from 10 feet.

"I grew up watching him play when I was in my teens and starting to think about turning pro", Molinari, 35, said of Woods.

"It's even more special to win in this style and to get his congratulations on the last green was a very proud moment for me". "Obviously he's not out of the tournament yet, so he has a chance to go out tomorrow and shoot a low number like any of the people around 7, 8, 6 under will try to do".

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