Francesco Molinari, Woods' partner on Sunday, won the tournament with no bogeys over the final 37 holes. What is most impressive is how he did it, though his winning score of 8-under par does not do the effort justice.
In 2006, 12 years prior to making history as Italy's first major victor, Molinari was caddying for his older brother Edoardo, then an amateur, who was paired with Woods at the 2006 Masters.
Playing golf for a living is a great gig, especially when you are as good at it as Francesco Molinari. He made one more birdie on the final hole by narrowly avoiding a pot bunker, leaving him a lob wedge to 5 feet for a birdie that secured his place in history as Italy's first major champion.
The fact that Woods, 42, appears to be healthy and playing good golf again is a huge win for the sport in general. Despite having won two of his last five tournaments in the build-up to Carnoustie, Molinari was considered an outsider.
Rory McIlroy expects many players to want to team up with Francesco Molinari during the Ryder Cup.
He might be Tiger Woods, but at the moment, he's just like everybody else.
Considering Molinari sat at even par through the first two rounds, though, few could have seen this coming.
"He fits the bill.since 2003, no one has hit more fairways in an Open championship than Molinari".
For 38 minutes, it looked as though Tiger Woods was going to pull off the impossible. "It's a different version", said world number eight McIlroy, whose charge came too late as he finished in a share of second two shots back. Again, at this point, Molinari was at even par after opening with a 70-72 effort.
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Molinari had started the day three shots behind a trio of overnight leaders in Schauffele, Kisner and Spieth, who were all nine under par when they teed off. Spieth posted a 65 to jump up 10 spots, while Woods moved up 23 spots after shooting a 66 to lurk four shots off the lead. - Molinari, who played with Woods. The 35-year-old also finally delivered a major win for his country, going one step further than Costantino Rocca, who famously lost in a play-off to John Daly at St Andrews in 1995.
Jordan Spieth laments a bogey on the 15th hole that saw him drop from contention. It felt great to be part of the mix and build my way into the championship. This event dates back to 1904, and it is the third-oldest event on Tour after the aforementioned U.S Open and British Open.
He will attempt to become the first three-peat victor in the event's history, although others in the field might have some say.
Woods turned back the clock almost a decade as he assumed the top spot on the leaderboard for the first time in nine years at a major championship.
Whenever Molinari appeared to be in trouble he played nerveless golf to get back on track.
The Golf Channel's Tiger Tracker showed a heat map of Twitter users in the US talking about Woods as he was making his surge to the top of the leaderboard. All these stars will be playing on a course known for being the first the legendary Jack Nicklaus designed all by himself.
Woods was at 7 under, in control of his game and hitting shots that only he can.
This wasn't on the golf course.