Quicken Loans National Recap: Molinari Wins by Eight
Quicken Loans National Recap: Molinari Wins by Eight

This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.

Francesco Molinari's runaway win at the Quicken Loans National will have ramifications for golf both in the United States and Europe. But still, the sport's Richter scale moves most when Tiger Woods is involved, as was the case over the past four days outside Washington, D.C.

We said last week in the DraftKings preview that this would be Woods' best chance to win all season, because it was a small and especially weak field. If not for the eight-stroke win by Molinari, who knows? Woods was at times electric in shooting a 66 on Sunday, a score that left him at 11-under-par and in a tie for fourth, two strokes behind runner-up Ryan Armour. If you take away Molinari, all of a sudden everyone else is playing for first, and that ratchets up the pressure exponentially. Maybe nerves would've gotten to Woods, but the others would've been more nervous.

Okay, yes, we know what you're thinking: It's silly to play the what-if game. So we're done with that.

Here's what really happened: Woods struck his irons beautifully (12th in strokes gained: tee to green). His putting with his new mallet on one hand was great, as he was seventh in the field in strokes gained: putting, but he was also last in the field inside 10 feet. His second-best finish since returning to the Tour moved him inside the top-50 in the FedEx Cup point standings and inside the top-70 in the world rankings. Woods will next play at the

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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