Woods' best in three months, Molinari's first PGA win at TPC Potomac

Tiger Woods at Quicken Loans National: Tiger shoots 68

Tiger Woods at Quicken Loans National: Tiger shoots 68

Francesco Molinari delivered a record performance to win the final edition of the Quicken Loans National.

Former world number one Tiger Woods notched four successive birdies on the front nine en route to a 68 that left him six shots behind. "This is what I came here for".

"It was not easy to skip the French Open", Molinari said.

Also on Sunday, Armour, Ancer, South Korean Sung Kang and American Bronson Burgoon qualified for the July 19-22 British Open at Carnoustie, as the top four finishers not previously exempt.

The Quicken Loans National is without a title sponsor after this weekend, although Woods, 42, said he has been actively involved in negotiations to try to keep the event he founded in large part to honor military servicemen and women on the schedule.

"If it stays dry and they don't put too much water on it (the golf course), then I think I have a shot of coming back and winning this golf tournament", Woods told Sky Sports.

Molinari started the day tied with Abraham Ancer and was alone in the lead after nine holes thanks to a 14-foot par putt at the ninth hole.

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The final round of the 2018 Quicken Loans National will play itself out on Sunday at TPC Potomac, and to say that all eyes will be on Tiger Woods might be an understatement.

"It's an wonderful feeling - I still have to realize what's happened", Molinari said. "If I can do like I've done most of my career, putts go in".

"It was frustrating because I thought 10 under would have been a good score for me to end at for the day and I could easily have got that on the back nine", Woods said, in a video released by the PGA Tour. Molinaro is now among qualifiers for the Ryder Cup team, but his FedEx Cup standing is at No. 123. "Tomorrow I just need to go out and do my best, hit as many good shots as possible and see if that would be enough".

Woods spent four days at TPC Potomac knocking down flagsticks with his precise iron play keeping him just on the edge of contention. But that was before the PGA Tour recognized it as an official victory unless a PGA Tour member had won the tournament. Molinari, a two-time Ryder Cup player with a World Golf Championship among his credentials, overcame a few putts he missed from short range to close with two birdies to join Ancer at 13-under 197. A possible top-5 finish turned into a tie for 11th.

"You've got to be patient on this course", Woods said. Evidently I would have had to shoot 24 on the back nine to have a chance.

Woods made more than 124 feet of putts in the final round and said afterward that he's starting the ball on his lines again. "Those are things that I can't afford to do and expect to win a golf tournament". "That's something I've been missing for a while, really the past two months, so I'm encouraged".

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