On Sunday at Carnoustie, the leaderboard was stacked with big names, including three of golf’s most famous: Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and Tiger Woods – three historic golfers who transcend the sport. Yet it was Francesco Molinari – a name unfamiliar to the casual golf fan – who claimed victory at the 2018 Open Championship.
With the win, the 35-year old became the first Italian to hoist a major championship trophy.
Afterwards, the golf world congratulated “Frankie” Molinari via Twitter. (Also, be sure to read the tweet by Wesley Bryan.)
Here’s a roundup:
— Oliver Wilson (@Oliver_Wilson) July 22, 2018
Another fantastic @TheOpen championship. Congratulations @F_Molinari & @RandA on a brilliant championship. The course was set up brilliantly. Only thing that needs looking at is the “No Readmission Policy” . Just hurting the true golf fan. #Bestgolffansintheworld
— Lee Westwood (@WestwoodLee) July 23, 2018
Congrats CGOTY 2018 @F_Molinari! Enjoy the Claret Jug…
— Zach Johnson (@ZachJohnsonPGA) July 23, 2018
— Danny Willett (@Danny_Willett) July 22, 2018
— Justin ROSE (@JustinRose99) July 22, 2018
When people talk about how steady @F_Molinari is…
In his three wins this year he has had one bogey combined on the weekend…
— Thomas Bjorn (@thomasbjorngolf) July 22, 2018
I wasn’t THAT drunk last night! I remember having a shower and brushing my teeth so I’d say I was fine. What a great day all round for me and thank you for all the wonderful messages. Phil was awesome ?? and Francesco is the kind of golfer you dream of becoming. ??♂️
— Eddie Pepperell (@PepperellEddie) July 22, 2018
— Tony Finau Golf (@tonyfinaugolf) July 22, 2018
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) July 22, 2018
Wow just awesome ?? So happy for @F_Molinari . What a fantastic player, a great person and super role model for aspiring golfers. What an achievement #championgolferoftheyear ?@TheOpen . So pleased for you and all the team. Enjoy the celebrations cos you deserve it ? ? ??
— Ross Fisher (@RossFisher) July 22, 2018
— Brittany Lincicome (@Brittany1golf) July 22, 2018
— Bernd Wiesberger (@BWiesberger) July 22, 2018
— Thomas Pieters (@Thomas_Pieters) July 22, 2018
— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) July 22, 2018
— Louis Oosthuizen (@Louis57TM) July 22, 2018
— Pablo Larrazabal (@plarrazabal) July 22, 2018
— Sergio Garcia (@TheSergioGarcia) July 22, 2018
— Branden Grace (@BrandenGrace) July 22, 2018
That has to go down as one of the greatest final rounds in a major from @F_Molinari Well played sir…hope it’s good enough ?
— Chris Paisley (@ChrisPaisley86) July 22, 2018
What a round by @F_Molinari. Played with him Thursday-Friday, not surprised! Guy is the hottest player on the planet currently. Bogey free out there today is a championship round
— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) July 22, 2018