POTOMAC – (Wire Service Report) – Italy’s Francesco Molinari came to the United States this week in search of points for the FedEx Cup playoffs and some momentum for the rest of the season, especially the two remaining major events on the professional golf calendar.
Molinari left with his first PGA Tour victory, unleashing a shot-making clinic on the field en route to a final-round, course-record-tying 62 on Sunday to win the Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farms in Potomac, Md., in the northwest suburbs of the nation’s capital.
Molinari finished at 21-under-par 259 to post an eight-shot victory over Ryan Armour, who managed a 68 on Sunday but was left far behind by Molinari’s wake. Sung Kang of South Korea fashioned a 64 earlier in the day and finished alone in third at 12 under.
Tiger Woods tied for fourth at 11 under with third-round co-leader Abraham Ancer of Mexico after a 66 on Sunday. Ancer carded a 72 and did not have a birdie on his scorecard in the final round after making eight birdies in the third round, in which he tied the course record one day before Molinari did so.
“Really proud of what I’ve done,” Molinari told CBS Sports. “This is what I came here for. It was not easy for me to skip Paris and the French Open (this week’s European Tour event), but I think, again, I can say I made the right decision.”