Molinari Wins the 147th Open at Carnoustie, Kartrude Wins GBO PDF Print E-mail


Francesco Molinari hoists the Claret Jug after winning the 147th Open

Scotland - On a day when many of game's biggest names looked

poised to grab the Claret Jug and the title of "Champion Golfer

of the Year" at Carnoustie Golf Links, it was an often overlooked

Italian that continued his hot hand. Francesco Molinari, who just

a few weeks ago won Tiger's tournament (Quicken Loans, which

was his first career win on the PGA Tour), and back in May he out-

played Rory McIlroy to win Europe's biggest non-major, the BMW

PGA Championship at Wentworth, but somehow was still under the

radar at the 147th Open. Molinari was steady in rounds 1&2, but was

back in the pack - making the cut at EVEN par after rounds of 70-72.


On the weekend, the 35 year old Italian outlasted the field of "A Listers"

playing flawless links golf, going bogey free over the final 36 holes. On

Saturday when the conditions were calm Francesco posted 65. When the

conditions stiffened on Sunday, Carnoustie showed its teeth with winds

gusting well over 20 mph, but Molinari made clutch par saves all day on

the toughest course in the Open rota. He was rock steady, starting out

with 13 consecutive pars playing with Tiger Woods in the final round.

Woods was the story early on, taking the solo lead after 54 hole leaders

Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele faultered in the middle of the front

nine. Tiger stumbled at the eleventh and twelfth, and then Molinari birdied

the par 5 fourteenth and knocked it stiff on the 72nd hole to cap off the

win by two over Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele and Kevin



The 35 year-old Italian saw the players with the early tee times battling

the conditions and prepared himself, "I knew it was going to tough," said

Molinari. "I knew everyone was going to struggle a little bit and I could

use it to my advantage. That putt on the last, I'll never forget."


Jordan Spieth struggled shooting a final round 76, finishing tied for ninth

at -4.









Kartrude Wins Greater Bangor Open

photo courtesy of ESPN 92.9

Michael Kartrude celebrates after winning the GBO




Bangor, Maine - Michael Kartrude fired rounds of 67-63-64 to finish

at 13 under par, winning the 52nd Greater Bangor Open by 4 strokes.

2016 GBO Champion Jesse Larson held the lead by one in Saturday's

final round until a two-stroke swing occurred on the 11th hole. Larson

three-putted for bogey, while Kartrude drained his birdie. Kartrude

seized the moment and slammed the door, making birdies on holes

12 thru 14 to blitz the field of challengers and win going away.

The West Palm Beach native has had a well traveled summer. Splitting

time between attempting to qualify on the Mackenzie Tour each Monday,

and competing in various professional events throughout Canada and the

U.S . Just eight days ago he finished tied for 34th at the Florida Open at

Innisbrook, flew back to Toronto for Monday qualifying (narrowly missed)

and then drove eleven hours to Bangor (to compete in the GBO Pro-am

earlier in the week - which he and his team also won). "This feels really

good to get this win," said Kartrude (who turns 29 today 7/23), I played

so solid this week." Solid might be an understatement . . .

For Kartrude, the GBO may prove to be a jump start to the last half of his

summer tour. He hit 53 of 54 greens for the tournament, an amazing feat

that can only bring more confidence. In fact, "MK" as he is known by his

golf buddies back home in South Florida, was bogey-free over his final 51

holes of play.

Jesse Larson finished second at 9 under par after a final round 67.