Tiger Woods endures frustrating day at Quicken Loans National

Doug Mendoza
July 2, 2018

The former world number one added only one birdie coming home, and a bogey at the last gave him a two-under-par 68, which left him six strokes behind leaders Francesco Molinari and Abraham Ancer at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Maryland. Sung Kang of South Korea fashioned a 64 earlier in the day and finished alone in third at 12 under.

It was also an encouraging week for Tiger Woods as he continues to improve since his return to the circuit, the American shooting 66 to finish 10 shots behind the victor in a tie for fourth on his last start before the British Open.

"I did a good job today", Molinari told Sky Sports. "This is what I came here for. But it's just a formality, and I think it's different anyway to win on USA soil", Molinari said.

He finished at 21-under 259, while American Ryan Armour shot 68 for second place on 13-under.

Molinari and Ancer began the final round tied at 13 under and two shots clear of the field.

Molinari carded eight-under-par 62 in the final round at TPC Potomac to become the first Italian victor on the United States-based circuit since Toney Penna in 1947.

Woods came into the weekend four off the pace but briefly got within one of the lead after four consecutive birdies on his front nine, with the 42-year-old still hopeful of a similar run during the final round. He also was No. 123 in the FedEx Cup, so Molinari made a decision to play the Quicken Loans National and the John Deere Classic in two weeks to improve his standing.

"It was frustrating because I played better than my score indicates", he said. "I've got a lot of work to do tomorrow".

And then, he opened the back nine with a pair of birdie chances just inside 10 feet and missed them both.

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Francesco Molinari reflects on securing his maiden PGA Tour victory at the Quicken Loans National.

Molinari has five European Tour victories, has played on two Ryder Cup teams and is No. 17 in the world.

Molinari's best finish on the PGA Tour prior to this week was a tie for second at the PGA Championship in 2017 at Quail Hollow in Charlotte.

As for those FedEx Cup points? This time, he had the course to himself with a back nine that was close to perfection, much like his week. "Last year I think I missed the Tour Championship by one shot, so that's the mission this year, and this is a good step forward".

Molinari also is going for his first official PGA Tour victory, though that comes with an asterisk.

Woods blistered his tee shot 316 yards at the 477-yard par-4 sixth and had a birdie putt outside of 12 feet after landing his approach to a tricky pin position tucked in the right corner. His result was his second top-5 of the season. "I thought that 10 under would have been a good score for me to end up at for the day, and I could have easily gotten that today on the back nine".

Ryu made a 20-footer for birdie from the fringe, and Park followed from 10 feet.

"I've hit the ball well in this stretch", he said. "And I was really happy, like, I couldn't help that".

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