Molinari, Ancer lead National

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Francesco Molinari delivered a record performance to win the final edition of the Quicken Loans National by eight shots, matching the largest margin this year on the PGA Tour.

Molinari finished at 21-under overall after shooting an 8-under 62 in his final round to earn the victory at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Maryland.

A familiar right fist pump followed a 26-footer for birdie at the par-3 ninth, offsetting a bogey-5 on the previous hole and producing a seventh consecutive one-putt that had Woods within two shots of the lead at the turn.

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.

However, Molinari finished his round with pars on the final four holes.

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Molinari, expected to be a member of the European Ryder Cup team, shot 65. 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, a two-time Ryder Cup player with a World Golf Championship among his credentials, overcame a few putts he missed from short range to close with two birdies to join Ancer at 13-under 197.

When co-leader Ancer opened with a bogey, finding sand with his first two shots, Molinari took the lead for good.

Tiger Woods made a leaderboard charge before mistakes killed his momentum.

While he started off rough, Woods turned it around for his first birdie of the day on the fourth hole.

Zac Blair (66) and Ryan Armour (68) shared third place at 11 under.

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"It was frustrating because I played better than what my score indicates", Woods said.

Molinari is just the second national-born Italian to win on the PGA Tour, following Toney Penna, who won four times between 1937-47.

And yet, with a new putter in the bag this week, Woods felt good about the improvement he made on the greens.

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. I just wanted to be one step ahead of him.

"I m seeing the lines again, I m rolling the ball on my line, I ve got the speed and I really like the swing of this putter", Woods said. "I just haven't made anything and finally I'm starting to make those putts you're supposed to make from 10-15 feet but I'm also making some from outside 20". 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. After hitting his tee shot through the green at the par-4 14th, Woods botched the chip and then missed a 7-footer.

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