Top highlights from the final round of The Open

The final round of the 147th playing of the Open Championship had everything golf fans hopes for. From the starting of the final pairings over a dozen contenders stayed with striking distance of the lead at all times. Defending champion Jordan Spieth found himself at the top briefly but like many others stumbled down the stretch.

While the Claret Jug ultimately belongs to its first ever Italian champion, Francesco Molinari, the talk of Carnoustie was certainly Tiger Woods. With a brilliant performance to begin his day Woods quickly climbed up the leaderboard, at one point taking sole possession of the lead. The three time Open champion may have come up short but he, and the rest of the field, provided many last memories on the fourth and final round of the 2018 Open Championship.

Dialed in under pressure

With all eyes on packed leaderboard Rory McIlroy quietly positioned himself in striking distance before exploding into a share of the lead with an emphatic eagle putt at the par-5 14th hole.

Tiger Woods took fans on a roller coaster ride as he turned back the clocks Sunday at Carnoustie. In the final round Woods battled back into contention, captured the outright lead, stumbled backward and finally rallied back up the leaderboard.

After barely surviving the cut Friday, Justin Rose battled all the way back from tied for 69th place on Saturday to the clubhouse lead briefly on Sunday thanks to birdies on the 18th hole all four days of The Open.

Reigning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele was in the mix all day thanks to clutch putts throughout his round.

Scotland native Sam Locke closes out his final round with a par to capture the leading score by an amateur and The Open Silver Medal.

So close, but still so far

Justin Rose strikes again, this time the flag stick, with his approach on 14 for a near albatross.

One of the leaders throughout the entire weekend, Kevin Kisner, fell short on Sunday but reminded the Carnoustie crowd why he was a contender at 16.

Webb Simpson did all he could to get up and in from the greenside bunker on the par-3 13th but came up just short.

The putt that won it all

Francesco Molinari sets up his chance to take the outright lead with a spectacular approach shot into the 18th green.

On the final hole of the day Francesco Molinari clinched the 2018 Open Championship with a birdie to take the outright lead and the Claret Jug.

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