Molinari ends Italian PGA drought with National victory

Jul 02, 2018 771

BY: Jim Slater

Francesco Molinari became the first Italian in 71 years to win a US PGA event, firing an eight-under-par 62 on Sunday to capture the Quicken Loans National while Tiger Woods settled for sharing fourth. Molinari, a runner-up at last year's PGA Championship for his best major showing, eagled the 10th hole and followed with four consecutive birdies on his way to finishing 72 holes on 21-under 259 at TPC Potomac.

"Amazing. I played great today. The start of the back nine was incredible," Molinari said. "I'm very proud of the way I played, some of the best golf I've ever played and I'll ever play in the future. It's hard to play better than this." The 35-year-old from Turin became the first Italian to win a US PGA event since the late Toney Penna took the 1947 Atlanta Open. "This win feels special," Molinari said. "Hopefully there are more to come."

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