‘I made a few new fans with those two double bogeys’: Francesco Molinari suffers final-day disappointment as Tiger Woods makes up two-shot deficit to win first major since 2008
- Francesco Molinari suffered final-day disappointment at the Masters in Augusta
- Tiger Woods made up a two-shot deficit to win his first major since 2008
- Molinari found the water on the 12th and 15th to double bogey both holes
- ‘It was a tough day with the wind, I never really got it going,’ said Molinari
Open champion Francesco Molinari lost out on a green jacket but made a few thousand new friends as Tiger Woods won his 15th major title after an incredible final round of the 83rd Masters.
Overnight leader Molinari held a two-shot lead with seven holes to play, but found water on the 12th and 15th to double bogey both holes as Woods held his nerve to card a closing 70 and win by one shot from Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka.
‘It was a tough day with the wind, I never really got it going,’ said Molinari, who had to settle for a share of fifth place with Jason Day, Webb Simpson and Tony Finau.
Francesco Molinari suffered final-day disappointment at the Masters in Augusta on Sunday
‘I was just trying to scramble for par and then take advantage of the par fives. It was just a bad execution (on the 12th).
‘We picked the right shot and just didn’t hit it hard enough, simple as that. A good reaction on 13 and 14 and then 15 I just made a mess of the hole but I’m proud of the week.
‘I fought hard today as well and think I made a few new fans with those two double bogeys. It’s great to see Tiger doing well.
Tigers Woods beams with delight after collecting his fifth green jacket and the Masters trophy
Molinari (left) shakes Woods’ (right) hand after losing his two-shot lead at the Masters
‘The way he was playing last year, I think we all knew it was coming sooner or later.
‘Maybe next time would have been better for me, but it was nice to be out with him, he played well, hit the right shots at the right time and he deserved to win.
‘It doesn’t change what I do, I won’t change the way I prepare for majors. I believe the way I prepare for tournaments is the best way.
‘I’ll just keep doing the same and hopefully I get a bit more luck next time.’
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