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Italy’s Francesco Molinari wins the claret jug ending America’s win streak

Francesco Molinari of Italy kisses the trophy after winning the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland, Sunday July 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Francesco Molinari has won the British Open after emerging from a crowded pack in a wild final round at Carnoustie.

Molinari shot a bogey-free, 2-under 69 to finish 8-under 276. It’s his first major title.

The win caps a stunning stretch for the 15th-ranked Italian, who has won on the PGA and European Tours in the previous two months.

Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner finished in a tie for second place, two shots behind Francesco Molinari.

Tiger Woods, who briefly took the lead on Sunday, shot a 71 and was 5-under overall.

Molinari became the first Italian to win a major championship. Americans have won the previous five.

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