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24 July 2006 :: 13:07:03 pm 7440

Tiger Woods Wins British Open

Tiger Woods didn’t let anyone or anything stand in his way en-route to winning the British Open, and his 11th major title.
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   Woods was as ruthless as ever on the brown-baked links of Royal Liverpool, making three straight birdies to turn away a spirited challenge by Chris DiMarco and win golf‘s oldest championship for the second straight year.

   He finished out the day with a 5 under 67 to win the championship. Woods became the first player since Tom Watson in 1982-83 to win consecutive British Open titles.

    Only when DiMarco applied the heat did Woods respond.

   Clinging to a one-shot lead after his only bogey of the round at No. 12, Woods lagged a 60-foot putt to within inches for par at the 13th, then strung together three straight birdies to give himself a comfortable margin walking up the 18th green.

    Woods tapped in on the 18th hole to secure the 2-stroke lead over DiMarco. He then embraced his caddie Steve Williams and began to weep into his shoulder.

   This is the first tournament that Tiger has won since his dad, Earl Woods, died on May 3rd after a brutal fight with cancer.

   The water-works continued as he walked off the green and met his trainer, Keith Klevin, and his wife, Elin. 

   “I could not stop it,” Woods said. “I miss my dad so much.”

   Even with all of this weighing on Tiger’s mind, he still found a way to win his 11th major title. He now only trails the legendary Jack Nicklaus for most all-time major wins. Jack retired with 18 major titles.

 It was Tigers 49th career victory, and the $1.3 million US for first place put him atop the money list and pushed him over $60 million for his career. 

Other Notables

   Ernie Els, among three players who started the day one shot behind, was the only one to catch him, briefly. He couldn‘t keep up with Woods, lost ground to DiMarco and had to settle for a 1-under 71 to finish alone in third at 275.

   Jim Furyk birdied two of the last three holes for a 71 and fourth place.

   Mickelson finished before the leaders even began the final round. Coming off his collapse in the U.S. Open, he was never a factor during the weekend and closed with a 70 to finish 13 shots behind in a tie for 22nd.

   The biggest collapse of the day has to go to Sergio Garcia. 

   With his chance to prove to the golfing world that he stand toe-to-toe with Tiger, he had three-put bogeys on the second and third holes to fall three shots behind. Then on the par-5 fifth hole, he found the fairway bunker and had to scramble to keep up with Tiger who eagled the hole.

   Garcia finished the day with a 73. This was the second time this year that he had been paired with Tiger in the final group, and didn’t manage to break par.

 The next stop for Woods is the PGA Championship at Medinah, where he won in 1999.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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