|Tiger Woods of the United States looks at the trophy after winning the British Open golf championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland Sunday July 17, 2005|
It was Tiger Woods' 10th career major victory and the second time he has claimed the Claret Jug (trophy) at the British Open. His victory Sunday at the Old Course came two days after his legendary countryman Jack Nicklaus made his final appearance in a major tournament.
Woods and Nicklaus are the only players to win the career Grand Slam twice, and Woods' second major of the year restored a dominance that had been missing over the past couple of years. Woods said he was really happy with the way he was playing.
"Today was actually the best I think I have felt swinging the golf club all year. I warmed up...it was unbelievable how good I warmed up...and I was able to carry it onto the golf course," Mr. Woods says.
Woods took the lead in the first round, and held it to the end. He was challenged briefly by Scotland's Colin Montgomerie but pulled away on the back nine to finish with a 14-under-par total of 274. Montgomerie said the home-country crowd helped, but it was not quite enough.
"Today the crowd were phenomenal the whole way, the whole way around, even when they realized I was not going to win. And there is no disgrace in finishing second to the best player in the world," Mr. Montgomerie says.
Montgomerie carded a 72 Sunday to finish second with a 279 total, while American Fred Couples fired a final round of 68 to end another shot back in a third place tie with Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain.