Quickens Loans National: Francesco Molinari dominates in first PGA Tour win

Quickens Loans National: Francesco Molinari dominates in first PGA Tour win

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.

Francesco Molinari is a man stuck between continents. He holed a 50-foot eagle putt on the 10th.

"What's Francesco's doing in phenomenal".

Ancer, Kang, Armour and Burgoon claimed fourth British Open berths on offer to top finishers.

"It turned everything around making that par at three", Woods said.

The French Open offered valuable Ryder Cup points on a course where the matches will be played this fall.

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. He pulled away when he reached the back nine.

Lahiri, who had a fine three-under 67 on first day, needed pars on his last three holes to survive and make the cut.




After spending years seemingly willing the ball in the hole when it mattered most, Woods has lacked that clutch trait this season.

Woods took it as good sign when he shot 65 on Friday, but he couldn't do it again Saturday. But that was before the PGA Tour recognized it as an official victory unless a PGA Tour member had won the tournament.

Molinari is just the second national-born Italian to win on the PGA Tour, following Toney Penna, who won four times between 1937-47.

The Italian has played on two Ryder Cups and has won four times on the European Tour - including this year's BMW PGA Championship, that circuit's flagship event - but as this year progressed he found himself in a hard position. "Really proud of what I've done and I hope a lot of guys back home were watching". "When I was struggling there for a little bit, I couldn t even cheer for my good ones". And the putter was as scorching as weather that approached 100 degrees. That was more bothersome to Ancer than the heat.

Woods came to live with a pair of birdies late on the front nine, and he was in range to get even closer when he hit a lob wedge to 6 feet on No. 10. After he righted the ship with a birdie from 5 feet on 12, he bogeyed the short 13th after finding the rough with a 4-iron off the tee, just as he did in the third round, then missed from 4 feet for birdie on the 14th.

Woods wants officials to refrain from watering the course heavily overnight, believing he has a better chance of winning if conditions are dry, firm and hard. He missed the 13th fairway and took bogey for the second straight day.

This week Woods added a TaylorMade putter to his bag, replacing the Scotty Cameron model he wielded to win 13 major championships, most recently the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in an 18-hole Monday playoff against Rocco Mediate.

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