Molinari, seeking his first PGA Tour victory to add to his five on the European Tour, birdied the final two holes for a five-under-par 65 at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Maryland.
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Italy's Francesco Molinari and American Billy Horschel were on 132 with Zac Blair on 133 and a pack on 134 including Taiwan's C.T. Pan, Australian Marc Leishman and American Kevin Streelman, who shot a course-record 62. Woods tied for fourth, his best result since a runner-up finish at the Valspar Championship three months ago, though he was 10 shots behind.
Molinari never buckled on the front nine despite hearing the Tiger roars and then took a stranglehold on the tournament with an eagle from 48 feet on the 10th, a birdie from 2 feet on the 11th, a birdie from 7 feet on the 12th, a birdie from 12 feet on the 13th and another birdie from 2 feet on the 14th.
He pumped both arms while clutching a new mallet putter when the ensuing birdie bid fell in the heart of the cup to complete Woods' longest streak of consecutive holes below par this season and the most since his first round of the 2015 Quicken Loans National. I m starting to see it, starting to feel it and I had the pace pretty much good all week. "When I was struggling there for a little bit, I couldn t even cheer for my good ones".
That victory was a lot like this one - a master performance by a player who relies on his tee-to-green game and thrives when the putter is hot. I just drew on that.
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"I told him pasta", Molinari said. I just wanted to be one step ahead of him.
When co-leader Ancer opened with a bogey, finding sand with his first two shots, Molinari took the lead for good.
Kinhult shot five birdies in a row just before the turn to get to 10 under, and he kept his advantage with a bogey and a birdie to stay two shots ahead of England's Chris Wood at Le Golf National, where the Ryder Cup will be staged in September.
As the gallery at No. 5 scrambled to surround the green, Woods delivered a wedge shot to seven feet and made the putt to pull within three shots of the lead at that time. As the reporter started to repeat their question, Woods smiled and said, "I heard ya".
"My introduction to links golf could not have been any better as I played the Scottish Open at Carnoustie and the very next week I played the British at St. Andrews", he said. He missed several opportunities for birdies on the back nine, but then putted from 28 feet on the 17th before another birdie at the last. He made three more birdies and ended his round by missing a birdie putt from 8 feet.
"It was nice to make a couple of birdies coming in, granted missed a little kick-in on 14", he said after another solid display since undergoing spinal fusion surgery a year ago.