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.
On Sunday during the final round of the Quicken Loans National, Woods finally started to get some magic going with that ever-important stick, and fans went absolutely bonkers.
Ancer had enjoyed the best round of the day with a stunning 62, but a strong finish saw Molinari join him in setting the pace.
Woods missed a couple of short putts on the back nine, shooting 66 to finish 10 shots behind the victor. He rolled in plenty of long putts, but struggled inside 10 feet.
Woods said his ability to make long putts consistently with his new mallet putter, given its first competitive test this week, has boosted his confidence ahead of his next start at the British Open in three weeks at Carnoustie. "And then that's where I messed up at 13, 14, two sloppy holes there back to back, and it cost me a little bit of momentum coming in".
"I stuffed it at 10, and I stuffed it at 11". "I just haven't made anything and finally I'm starting to make those putts you're supposed to make from 10-15 feet but I'm also making some from outside 20".
"I told him pasta", Molinari said. "It's a good feeling for me". And then he opened the back nine with a pair of birdie chances just inside 10 feet and missed the both.
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But Uruguay responded nearly instantly. "I don't make comments on individual players at all", Tabarez said. Earlier today, France outlasted Argentina, ending yet another attempt at World Cup glory by Lionel Messi .
Golf is just better when Tiger is on his game. "And one day I want to lift that trophy".
Woods promptly reeled off four consecutive birdies as he found his range with his irons and hit a series of precision approach shots.
Francesco Molinari reflects on securing his maiden PGA Tour victory at the Quicken Loans National.
"I m seeing the lines again, I m rolling the ball on my line, I ve got the speed and I really like the swing of this putter", Woods said.
Woods has won three Opens in his career, two at St.Andrews in 2000 and 2005 and a very emotional third Claret Jug in 2006 at Royal Liverpool.
As the gallery at No. 5 scrambled to surround the green, Woods delivered a wedge shot to seven feet and made the putt to pull within three shots of the lead at that time.
Molinari continued his birdie run at the 14th to briefly move nine ahead and threaten a sub-60 round, only to end his remarkable scoring run by splashing out of the rough at the next to save par.
"It was nice to make a couple of birdies coming in, granted missed a little kick-in on 14", he said after another solid display since undergoing spinal fusion surgery previous year.