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A British Open for the Ages: The 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie

Golf fans from all over the globe just witnessed one of the most rousing Major Championships in a long time.

This Open Championship — The British Open — was filled with drama, storylines, and suspense. The host course, Carnoustie, commonly referred to as “Car-Nasty,” is considered by some to be the hardest course on the Open rota.

But this week we saw brown, dry, and fast fairways due to drought in Scotland, and the players really capitalized off mother nature’s work. Balls would run on these fairways like never before, making the course look more like “Car-Nice-tie” with a storm of birdies and low scores.

We saw #1 Dustin Johnson and #2 Justin Thomas miss the cut. We saw incredible rounds take place from Tiger and Spieth on Saturday. We saw the emergence of Xander Schauffele, a potential future superstar on tour, and contender for years to come. And yes, we saw the first Italian — Francesco Molinari — ever to win a major championship.

Molinari right now may just be the best player on the planet: first winning the Quicken Loans National by a dominating 8 strokes, and finishing with a T-2 at the John Deere Classic last week.

Today, he took home the Claret Jug after beating out a stacked and experienced Sunday leaderboard that included Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and Tiger Woods on the last four holes.

Being paired with Tiger didn’t seem faze the Italian one bit; Francesco took the course by the reins on Sunday, firing a bogey free 2-under round in the most difficult conditions of the week by far. Molinari topped off this error free round with a birdie on the 18th to secure the championship by a two-stroke margin.

What’s so special about this Open championship is how global it has become. Twenty-Seven different countries were represented in the deepest and most international field that golf has to offer.

Fans from all over the world traveled to the town of Carnoustie, Scotland; a town of 11,000 that sits right on the North Sea. They came just to witness a glimpse of golfing history that took place just forty-five minutes North of where this great game first started at St. Andrews, and they were certainly not disappointed.

-Coby Kapner

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