An emotional Tiger Woods of the United States has won the 135th British Open golf tournament at Hoylake, England. It was Woods' first victory at a major since losing his father and mentor, Earl Woods, to cancer earlier this year.

Tiger Woods fired a 5-under-par final round of 67 Sunday at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club to beat fellow-American Chris DeMarco by two shots.

Woods, the defending champion, finished the tournament with an 18-under-par total of 270, to claim the renowned Claret Jug (winner's trophy) for the third time, and tally his 11th win at a major.

After the win, Woods broke down and cried in the arms of his wife, Elin. After being presented with the Claret Jug, Woods explained what he was thinking. "After my last putt, I realized my Dad is never going to see this again. I wish he could have seen this one last time. I tried at Augusta (the Masters) and it did not happen. But he was out there today, keeping me calm. I had a very calm feeling the entire week and especially today. Certainly I was thinking about a chance to say that I love my Dad and I miss him very much," he said.

DeMarco finished the tournament at 16-under par with a total of 272. South African Ernie Els was third, another three shots back to finish at 275, while American Jim Furyk took fourth place with a total of 276.

Sergio Garcia of Spain, who started the day just one stroke behind Woods, collapsed with a one-over par 73 and ended up tied for fifth place.