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.
"I told him pasta", Molinari said. "I know I got off to a rough start bogeying 1 and very easily could have bogeyed 3, but then to get it to 3 under par for the day by the turn and I had some birdie opportunities on the back nine, didn't make them and made a couple bogeys there, too, as well".
Toney Penna was the last Italian to win on the PGA Tour in 1947.
Woods, a 14-times major victor, has been stuck on 79 PGA Tour victories - three shy of Sam Snead's record - since 2013.
Golf is just better when Tiger is on his game.
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"It was not easy to skip Paris and the French Open but I think I can say it was the right decision", he said.
He finished on 21-under 259, while American Ryan Armour shot 68 to finish a distant second on 13-under.
Woods finished T4 and showed some promising signs in his latest start (others not so promising), and he talked about his British Open prep for Carnoustie toward the end of his postround interview.
"I'm going to have to shoot a low round to try to give myself a chance", said Woods. He again flew the green at the eighth, having to settle for bogey, but he came back to birdie the ninth and took a ton of momentum to the back nine. What Francesco did is awesome.
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After spending years seemingly willing the ball in the hole when it mattered most, Woods has lacked that clutch trait this season.
The 14-time major victor ended with a final round of 66 and has only finished higher once since August of 2013, when he tied for second at the Valspar Championship in November.
Molinari, expected to be a member of the European Ryder Cup team, shot 65.
He had to settle for a 68 and was six shots behind, making this the seventh straight tournament he has been at least five shots behind going into the final round.
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Molinari blasted out of a bunker to three feet at the par-5 second and sank his birdie putt and added a 12-foot birdie at the par-4 sixth to stretch his lead to three shots. "My thought was really if I get the ball on the fairway on 11, that was the last shot really that I was a little bit scared of because if you hit in the water, you can make a big number". He made three more birdies and ended his round by missing a birdie putt from 8 feet.