No regrets for McIlroy after Open second

It was in the media centre. He started the final round three strokes behind the leaders and was paired with Tiger Woods.

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Daughter Sam, aged 11, and son Charlie, nine, were too young to see their dad in his pomp but they greeted him with a hug behind the 18th green after he finished three shots behind Molinari, who finished his round in style with a close-range birdie. He dropped another shot on the next hole.

Maybe next time, and that’s not far away. The Italian is a different player now however and will be an excellent partner in the fourballs with his laser like precision off the tee and pure ball striking.

Woods will be back on the course pretty soon. No one should doubt him now.

Several players took or shared the lead on Sunday as low scores proved hard to come by and birdies at a premium on the east cost of Scotland.

For a moment there, Tiger Woods was leading the British Open all by himself.

Paul Casey could be one of them as he is now eighth on that list although he finished well down the field at Carnoustie on four over. Kevin Chappell had a putt to tie the lead with Molinari at No. 16 before making double bogey on the next. Moreover, in drawing a 4.3 household rating, NBC laid claim to the Open’s highest-rated final round since 2006 (4.6)-which, as it happens, coincides with Woods’ last Open victory. Just because Woods was a great golfer almost a decade ago doesn’t mean he will make a miraculous recovery and be great again. We’re talking about one of the greatest golfers ever coming back to the PGA Tour healthier than he’s ever been.

PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua is leaving the company to become the president of NBC Sports Group, it was announced Tuesday.

Tiger Woods appeared ready to end his 10-year victory drought in majors midway through the round.

“My mindset was go and spoil the party here”, the Northern Irishman said. He’s experienced some bad injuries and two hand surgeries, but he’s come back from this one again already.

Molinari broke out of the pack with his first birdie of the day on the par-five 14th and up ahead McIlroy had to settle for joining Rose in the clubhouse lead after failing to birdie the last.

“Tiger being back in the mix”. He said Finau played the course mainly with a 3-iron, and Justin Thomas hit only seven drivers over 72 holes during the French Open.

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Daly wound up winning the four-hole playoff.

Northern Ireland’s Rory Mc Ilroy speaks during a news conference ahead of the 147th Open Championship in Carnoustie Scotland on July 18