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. He won by eight shots over Ryan Armour, matching the largest margin of victory this year on the PGA Tour.
He continued to home in on the pins with his approach shots as he set off on the back nine, but missed birdie putts from inside 10 feet at the 10th and 11th holes took the wind out of his sails.
A group after Ancer closed with a nine-foot birdie putt, 14-time major victor Woods found a bunker at 18 and missed an eight-foot par putt, taking his fourth bogey to shoot 68 and share 10th on 203.
Molinari was a shot off the pace heading into the day, but fired in from 20 feet for a birdie on the opening hole.
It was also an encouraging week for Tiger Woods as he continues to improve since his return to the circuit, the American shooting 66 to finish 10 shots behind the victor in a tie for fourth on his last start before the British Open.
Woods' final-round performance featured six birdies, bogeys on the 11th and 13th holes, and a gutsy 16-foot par putt on the closing hole.
Tiger Woods was "frustrated" after failing to convert four consecutive early birdies into a great third round at the Quicken Loans National on Saturday.
Molinari's best finish on the PGA Tour prior to this week was a tie for second at the PGA Championship in 2017 at Quail Hollow in Charlotte.
Molinari continued his birdie run at the 14th to briefly move nine ahead and threaten a sub-60 round, only to end his remarkable scoring run by splashing out of the rough at the next to save par.
Armour closed with a 68 to finish second, earning one of four spots to the British Open.
Woods began on the back nine and sank a 24-foot birdie putt on the 10th hole.
The European Ryder Cup veteran skipped this week's event at Le Golf National, where this year's Cup will be played in September, for a 121st US PGA start on a course he said suited his game perfectly.
"I know it's boring and everyone says the same but it's the way golf works".
"I was hitting the ball well", said the 27-year-old. He also won the 2010 WGC-HSBC Champions in China. "But once again, I did my best. It's just a matter of making putts, and I've done that".
Woods wants officials to refrain from watering the course heavily overnight, believing he has a better chance of winning if conditions are dry, firm and hard. And thus, a really good round that turned into one that left him feeling frustrated. And then he opened the back nine with a pair of birdie chances just inside 10 feet and missed the both. I bogeyed 13 twice and then didn't birdie 14 either day, and I was right there next to the green, " he said.