From The Open winner's lack of a club deal to Eddie Pepperell's interesting post-round comments, check out these five things you might have missed on Sunday at Carnoustie...
FRANCESCO BECOMES THE THIRD STRAIGHT MAJOR WINNER WITHOUT A STAFF DEAL.
A lot of professional golfers have deals that cover all of their equipment, but new Open Champion Francesco Molinari has a deal only covering his putter, which means he’s free to choose the other clubs which he puts into play, depending on their suitability to his game. It’s an interesting and emerging trend which sees the Italian become the third straight Major winner not have a staff deal, after Patrick Reed and the big-hitting Brooks Koepka.
ROSE COMES WITHIN INCHES OF AN INCREDIBLE ALBATROSS.
Justin Rose had a roller coaster ride at the 147th Open Championship, from needing to hole a 10-foot birdie putt late on Friday evening just to make the cut, to shooting a low round of the day 64 on Moving Day. But if all those Rose fans out there thought the dramas would end there they were very much mistaken. With Justin teeing off an hour ahead of the final group, the 2013 US Open Champion reached the par five 14th hole at three under par and in urgent need of some magic. And magic is exactly what the 37 year old produced, with this incredible approach that very nearly went in for albatross…
ENGLAND FOOTBALL CAPTAIN ATTENDS THE OPEN. GETS MIXED RECEPTION.
England football captain Harry Kane, an avid golf fan, was at Carnoustie to take in all of the drama on the final day. The Tottenham Hotspur star, who is on a break after winning the FIFA World Cup award for scoring the most goals at Russia 2018, even took part in Sky Sports’ short game challenge, where he received a light-hearted mixed reception. We are in Scotland after all. The 24 year old also took the time to discuss his love for golf, and who is the best golfer in the England team. Kane wanted to say himself, and sort of ended up doing so…
EDDIE PEPPERELL’S UNIQUE APPROACH TO THIS WEEK PAYS OFF.
Eddie Pepperell is widely regarded as one of the most charismatic players on the European Tour, so not too many people were surprised when the 27 year old said after finishing second last week that his tactics for this week at The Open would be to let his caddie go up ahead of him and do all of the work.
Pepperell’s caddie must have done a great job because Eddie was one under par after three rounds, before the drama really started. A sensational final round of 67 in some very tough conditions, which ended up being the low round of the day, gave the CommercialBank Qatar Masters the clubhouse lead for a long time. And after finishing in tied sixth, the best Major finish of his career, Pepperell reflected on more unusual preparations for the final round...
He said: "I was a little hungover. I had too much to drink last night. I was so frustrated with yesterday that today was - I wouldn't say a write-off, but I didn't feel as though I was in the tournament.
"I just had some wine with my coach. We drowned our sorrows for about half an hour. It was enjoyable. I didn't really think I had that much to drink, but I'm just a lightweight!"
THE TIGER STINGER DELIVERS AGAIN.
The world of golf would agree it was amazing to see Tiger Woods in contention on a Sunday at one of the Majors again. Woods actually led going into the back nine at Carnoustie, before his charge faltered. Despite that we still got to see one of the finest sights in golf one last time this week – the Tiger stinger. We don’t really need to say much more, so just sit back, relax and enjoy the below shot on repeat.
That Tiger stinger though 👀 pic.twitter.com/7soEQKqSig— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) July 22, 2018