Molinari dominates Quicken Loans for first PGA Tour win

Molinari dominates Quicken Loans for first PGA Tour win

Jul 1, 2018; Potomac, MD, USA; Francesco Molinari of Italy (L) celebrates with the championship trophy with Tiger Woods of the United States (R) after winning the Quicken Loans National golf tournament at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. He opened with three birdies (and no bogies) in the front-9 and gave the internet an all-time Tiger fist pump. "And then that's where I messed up at 13, 14, two sloppy holes there back to back, and it cost me a little bit of momentum coming in".

Woods, who has won 79 times on the PGA Tour, looked in contention early on the day as he was seeking his first tournament win in five years. "It was frustrating because I thought that 10 under would have been a good score for me to end up at for the day, and I could have easily gotten that on the back nine". His tee shot at the par-4 first sailed right and landed in the primary rough 180 yards from the flag, and his approach settled in the first cut behind the green.

The European Ryder Cup veteran skipped this week's event at Le Golf National, where this year's Cup will be played in September, for a 121st US PGA start on a course he said suited his game perfectly. "I felt good all week with my putter".

Hossler birdied four of the last five holes to shoot 66 and stand on 131 with Gay, a back-nine starter who birdied five of his first seven holes in shooting 64, and Armour, who shot a bogey-free 65. "I would have been happy with even 11 or 12 under".

Molinari and Ancer began the final round tied at 13 under and two shots clear of the field.

"I m seeing the lines again, I m rolling the ball on my line, I ve got the speed and I really like the swing of this putter", Woods said. "Hit a attractive putt at 12, left it about an inch short of the hole".

"It was a lot easier than I thought", Molinari said with a wide grin.

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Japan failed to impress in their qualifying campaign, winning a weak group but dropping ten points in the process. However, he refused to look past Japan towards a potential quarter-final against Mexico or Brazil.

"I don't have a problem with my strength and my endurance", Woods said. The putts I missed, I hit a lot of good ones, which I don't mind because I hadn't been doing that for a while, the better part of two months.

Ryan Armour finished second, earning one of four spots to the British Open. I just drew on that.

The 42-year-old American took a bogey at 11 after sending his approach into deep grass but bounced back by sinking a 19-foot birdie putt at the par-3 12th.

Further gains over the next two holes saw Woods threaten the lead, before cancelling out a blemish at the eighth by holing a 20-footer at the ninth to reach the turn in 32.

Molinari blasted out of a bunker to three feet at the par-5 second and sank his birdie putt and added a 12-foot birdie at the par-4 sixth to stretch his lead to three shots.

"It was nice to make a couple of birdies coming in, granted missed a little kick-in on 14", he said after another solid display since undergoing spinal fusion surgery previous year.

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