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Result: Francesco Molinari wins The Open at Carnoustie

Francesco Molinari becomes the first Italian to win a Major after holding off a number of star names to win The Open at Carnoustie with a final round of 69.

Francesco Molinari has become the first Italian to win a Major by holding off a number of star names to win The Open.

The 35-year-old produced a faultless final round, hitting a two-under 69 with 16 pars and two birdies at Carnoustie.

Italy's Francesco Molinari celebrates with the Claret Jug after winning the 147th Open Championship on July 22, 2018 © Reuters

Molinari finished two ahead of four players, including home favourites Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy, who were tied on six-under.

Tiger Woods, making his first appearance at the Open since 2015, finished five-under after leading midway through the round, with Jordan Spieth on four-under.

Xander Schauffele was the only man within reach of Molinari heading down the 18th green, but having bogeyed 17, the American needed an eagle to tie, and could only manage a par.

The previous best result by an Italian at one of golf's four Major tournaments came courtesy of Costantino Rocca, who finished second at The Open in 1995.

THE OPEN FINAL LEADERBOARD

1. Francesco Molinari (-8)
2. Kevin Kisner (-6)
3. Rory McIlroy (-6)
4. Justin Rose (-6)
5. Xander Schauffele (-6)

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