Padraig Harrington's 2007 win at Carnoustie marked the last time the British Open champion made double-bogey in the final round and recovered in time to hoist the claret jug.
At the age of 35, he becomes the first Italian player ever to win a major, after keeping his cool in remarkable fashion when nearly all around him seemed to be losing theirs on a warm but windy afternoon on the Scottish coast.
Scott started the last round just four shots off the pace but he floundered with a front-nine 40 before picking up three strokes coming home to join Day in a tie for 17th - six strokes behind Molinari.
With another tough save from off the green at the 16th, he didn't miss another shot.
Woods at one moment looked like completing an astonishing fairytale comeback when he led the British Open in the final round on Sunday but ultimately came up short, posting a level par 71 to finish five-under for the tournament. He set up birdie putts on three of first four holes but all missed, as did a par putt on the second and then there was a three putt bogey on the fifth. He had got away with his poor play earlier in the week, making par or holing a putt for birdie. It will be interesting to see going forward, but this was his first taste of major championship drama for quite a while. "Winning at Wentworth and in the States", said the Italian, whose triumph at Carnoustie forced him to cancel plans to leave Scotland on a 9pm Easyjet flight on Sunday.
Woods is in a race against time - and that's a race no one ever seems to win. Molinari didn't make a bogey on his way to a 69 while playing alongside Woods. "I need to try to keep it in perspective, because at the beginning of the year, if they'd have said you're playing The Open Championship, I would have said I'd be very lucky to do that".
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"It didn't feel any different, " Woods said.
If Woods is no longer "the" man, he showed his run as a major contender is not done. Even worse, Woods backed that up with a sloppy bogey on No. 12 and was two shots back playing catch-up against his unflappable Italian playing partner, who never allowed the door to open as much as a crack. "I knew that going in", he said.
Woods called being in the mix in a major "a blast". Waiting for him afterward were his two kids, Sam, 11, and Charlie, 9, both of whom were either too young or not yet born when Tiger last won a major in 2008, when he was at the peak of his powers.
"To me, it's just so special to have them aware, because I've won a lot of golf tournaments in my career, but they don't remember any of them". Instead of pitching out and playing for par, he went ultra-aggressive and took a massive hack with a pitching wedge.
'I played well all day and so can't have too many regrets, ' said McIlroy, who eagled the 14th on his way to a final round 70. Now they just want to go play soccer with me. This is the previous year the event will be played there, and Woods made it a goal to return. Now at a career-best number six in the world, he has won three times and been runner-up twice in the past two months.