Molinari hails 'hero' Rocca after Open triumph

In my view, Europe should hope he isn't and America would be mad not to pick him.

"It's just going to go in the memory bank as a positive", said the 24-year-old.

Rose birdied the fearsome 18th hole in all four rounds, one of the more impressive feats of the week.

"I think it was important to break the streak that Americans had gone on winning majors", said Molinari.

Woods, of course, may take that decision out of Furyk's hands by automatically qualifying for the autumn event and took another major step towards that feat by finishing in a tie for sixth at The Open in Carnoustie last weekend.

"I played with him the final day at Wentworth, where he won, and he didn't miss a shot. He's healthy. I wouldn't say we're anxious about him, but he's one of those guys that's always in with a shot". Woods is no spring chicken at age 42, but he has plenty of time to win a major when he's back.

The 35-year-old admitted he was in "disbelief" after having his name engraved on the Claret Jug despite his impressive form heading into the championship, due to his previous poor record. We're talking about one of the greatest golfers ever coming back to the PGA Tour healthier than he's ever been.

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In 2010 Molinari and his elder brother Edoardo became the first brothers to compete together in the Ryder Cup since 1963.

"I know it's going to sting for a little bit here, but given where I was to where I am now, (I feel) blessed".

"I just didn't make a putt today".

His involvement near the summit of the leaderboard was just one thread to the incredible story that unfolded at Carnoustie on Sunday, with Tiger Woods in the hunt and Justin Rose finishing strongly, while reigning champion Jordan Spieth fell away. "I'd like to thank so many people, starting with my wife. So there's going to be a lot of European guys vying for his partnership in foursomes at the Ryder Cup".

Woods was on the course with Mark Calcavecchia on September 11, 2001, when he was notified of the terrorist attacks.

Asked if Molinari could win more majors, Bjorn added: "He certainly has that type of game where he can go out and challenge the best players in the world".

"He's always been a great player", McIlroy said. I knew I was coming in with some good golf but my record around here was awful so that didn't make me too optimistic about the week, but I just tried to not think about it and focus on hitting good shots day by day.

  • Julie Sanders