I ran out of holes at the end - McIlroy

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And Molinari - who is the first Italian to win a major was delighted to have won at Carnoustie.

Retaining his Open title looked a distinct possibility as Spieth held a share of the lead heading into the final round, but a 76 on Sunday left him four shots adrift of eventual victor Francesco Molinari. "Just sort of ran out of holes at the end". A little more than a year ago, on the heels of a fourth surgical procedure to try and fix his ravaged back, Woods told ESPN's Scott Van Pelt that he might never play competitive golf again. A month later, he shot 62 in the final round to win the Quicken Loans National, with tournament host Woods finishing fourth and presenting Molinari the trophy. He opened with 13 pars, including the 12th and 13th holes as Woods lost the lead with a double bogey and a bogey.

However, Allen added that he agreed with what Rory McIlroy stated at Carnoustie in relation to the modern-day Woods, that he is not the same animal as the all-dominating Tiger that played with Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els around the turn of the millennium. I need to try and keep it in perspective because, the beginning of the year, if they'd have said you're playing The Open Championship, I would have said I'd be very lucky to do that.

"One guy out of 156 is going to win", McIlroy said, "and 155 other guys are going to leave a little disappointed". He was able to get a great shot off, though had to wait until the child stopped making noise.

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"Unfortunately, that's part of what we have to deal with in today's game". 'I remember Rocca's singles victory over him at the Ryder Cup in 1997 was huge news back home and then there was my own half against him at the miracle at Medinah in 2012.

With a brilliant birdie at the last, 35-year-old Molinari's eight-under 72-hole total of 276 eclipsed Padraig Harrington's Carnoustie tournament record score from 2007 by a stroke and kept some of the sport's biggest names at bay. I played the way I wanted to play this week.

No matter whether you're a short or long hitter, young or old, every golfer has a chance of winning on a links golf course.

"If I win the Senior Open, I'll definitely be back for The Open again, wherever that is".

"He's a different character, he just goes about his business, does it quietly, easily, but the way he played on the weekend with no bogeys, I think that's probably the thing that would impress most players within the game".

"He improved a lot the last two years and I always say, "if I'm still the best player in Italy after 20 years, I don't do a very good job".