Molinari claims first PGA Tour title in runaway as Woods fourth

Francesco Molinari became the first Italian to win a US PGA event since the late Toney Penna took the 1947 Atlanta OpenMore

In a familiar scene that's played out on the weekends in three previous starts, especially on Sundays, Woods put himself onto the front page of the leaderboard only to start making silly and, at times, shocking mistakes.

Woods then made four birdies in a row at the fourth through seventh holes, none longer than 12 feet. Made a sloppy bogey on 11. I bogeyed 13 twice and then didn't birdie 14 either day, and I was right there next to the green, " he said.

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

A group after Ancer closed with a nine-foot birdie putt, 14-time major victor Woods found a bunker at 18 and missed an eight-foot par putt, taking his fourth bogey to shoot 68 and share 10th on 203. "Those are things that I can't afford to do and expect to win a golf tournament".

Molinari matched the 18-hole course record with the lowest final round by a US PGA victor this season, his career low on the American tour by two shots.

Francesco Molinari was torn between Paris and Washington until the last minute.

CBS Sports will be with you the entire way Sunday updating this story with the latest scores, analysis and highlights - particularly while Woods is on the course.

Molinari finished his first nine holes at two under for the round, but he pulled away when he reached the back nine.

In just under 90 minutes, Molinari stretched his lead from three shots to nine.

Molinari, seeking his first PGA Tour victory to add to his five on the European Tour, birdied the final two holes for a five-under-par 65 at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Maryland. He's held the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour 45 times and won an astounding 43 of those events, that's a 95.6 percent conversion rate. "That was ridiculous how hard it was", Woods said. "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".

Woods will resume his quest for a 15th major championship in three weeks when The Open Championship returns to Carnoustie.

Woods, 42, is competing at Potomac for the first time. Woods is satisfied he benched his Scotty Cameron Newport 2 blade.

After spending years seemingly willing the ball in the hole when it mattered most, Woods has lacked that clutch trait this season.

And yet, with a new putter in the bag this week, Woods felt good about the improvement he made on the greens.

The Italian stopped his approach inches from the cup for a tap-in at 11, sank a seven-foot putt at the par-3 12th and a 12-footer at 13 then drove into a greenside bunker and blasted to two feet to set up another birdie. Even my bad putts this week still had the go-in look. I m starting to see it, starting to feel it and I had the pace pretty much good all week.

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