Francesco Molinari works magic to win the Open on thrilling final day

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• Italian finishes with closing 69 to claim Claret Jug at Carnoustie
• Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy fail to press home challenges

Open championships at Carnoustie have developed an association with the grisly elements of golf. The last time the oldest major was staged here Sergio García was reduced to tears following play-off defeat by Pádraig Harrington. The Open of 1999 will for ever be synonymous with Jean van de Velde’s 72nd‑hole capitulation.

Francesco Molinari has the hardly insignificant consolation of the Claret Jug as a household accessory, given he may now be portrayed as the man who killed Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy in a single gory act. Stewart Cink, who triggered sighs when ending Tom Watson’s epic Open quest in 2009, is unburdened now.

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Written by Ewan Murray at Carnoustie
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