Ancer, Molinari share lead at National as Tiger stalls

Tiger Woods hits out of the sand on the third hole during the third round of the Quicken Loans National golf tournament in Potomac Md

Tiger Woods hits out of the sand on the third hole during the third round of the Quicken Loans National golf tournament in Potomac Md

In his final start before the third major of the season, Tiger Woods closed the Quicken Loans National with a four-under 66 on Sunday in Potomac, Md. The Italian closed with an 8-under 62 for an eight-shot victory, matching the largest margin this year on the PGA Tour.

Molinari began the day tied for the lead and matched the low round of the week with an 8-under 62 to finish eight shots ahead of runner-up Ryan Armour.

Molinari started the day tied with Abraham Ancer and was alone in the lead after nine holes thanks to a 14-foot par putt at the ninth hole.

A spectacular chip-in and four putts beyond 15 feet were among his seven birdies, the 14-time major victor sharing 11th on five-under 135 after 36 holes at TPC Potomac, only four strokes behind U.S. co-leaders Brian Gay, Beau Hossler and Ryan Armour.

Look no further than Sunday's final round at Quicken Loans National, where Tiger's approach on the Par-5 second hole came up short and landed in some wildly tall grass.

While Molinari has five European Tour wins, it was his first PGA TOUR triumph.

Abraham Ancer is now in the lead, with Woods tied for 10th.

Woods tallied six birdies and two bogeys during his round on Sunday.

"It was frustrating because I played better than what my score indicates", Woods said. "Really proud of what I've done and I hope a lot of guys back home were watching".

In comments after his round, Woods said he was frustrated he didn't end up 10-under, which he thought he could have achieved on the back nine.

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"It feels great. I played awesome", Ancer said.

"I know it's boring and everyone says the same but it's the way golf works".

In last year's final round at the same course, the lead was a turnstile that several golfers took a pass through and the winning score was just 7-under - only after Kyle Stanley defeated Charles Howell III in a playoff.

Woods produced the second-best finish of his comeback, having shared second at the Valspar in March, in his first week with a new mallet putter that paid dividends.

Woods made more than 124 feet of putts in the final round and said afterward that he's starting the ball on his lines again. "I need to be mentally strong tomorrow, whatever happens".

The Italian led by three strokes heading into the turn while Ancer, his playing partner and 54-hole co-leader, could not find a way to pick up a birdie.

"I've hit the ball well in this stretch", he said.

An opening bogey, and a disappointing par five at the second offered little hint of the fireworks to come, but a 15-foot par save at the third lifted his confidence. He pulled away when he reached the back nine.

The 25-year-old former Georgia Tech player finished at 25-under 259 at Panther Creek for a two-stroke victory over Adam Long (63) and Kramer Hickok (67).

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