2006 British Open

The 2006 British Open – the 135th instalment of this prestigious golf tournament – saw the world’s leading golfer Tiger Woods walk away with the title at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.
Woods shot a final round five-under-par 67, tying for the best round of the day, to end the 135th Open Championship on 18-under-par 270. This was enough to see off the challenge of fellow American Chris DiMarco, who finished two shots back on 16-under-par.
This victory was Woods’ second major title following the death of his father Earl, his second consecutive British Open title and third in total, as he became the first player since Tom Watson in 1983 to win the Open Championship in back-to-back years.
This victory also took Woods to 11 major championship titles; tied with Walter Hagen and second only to the great Jack Nicklaus.
Three-time major champion Ernie Els finished alone in third place at 13-under-par. The big South African, nicknamed “The Big Easy”, shot a one-under-par 71 in the final round. It was his best finish in a major since a tie for fourth at the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.
Former US Open champion Jim Furyk finished alone in fourth place, while Spain’s Sergio Garcia tied for fifth with Japan’s Hideto Tanihara at 11-under-par. Garcia entered the day just one shot behind Woods, but fizzled quickly because of some horrible putting.
Statistically speaking, Garcia’s troubles in the final round were no surprise. His final-round scoring average on the PGA Tour at the time was 74.00, seventh worst out of 190 players.
Woods signaled his intent in the final round at No. 5, where he holed a long eagle putt for a two-shot lead at 15-under-par (over Els at the time).
Woods and DiMarco traded birdies through the back nine, with Woods eventually pulling away after three straight birdies beginning on No. 14, which gave him a three-shot lead over DiMarco at 18-under-par.
DiMarco briefly pulled within one shot of the lead with his birdie at 13, but Woods extended it back to two shots with his birdie on 14 to clinch the 2006 British Open.