The Open – Tiger shoot!

news: The Open – Tiger shoot!

This year’s edition of the St. Andrews showpiece proved to be a landmark event for several reasons.

The legendary Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus

, played his last Major, forty-three years after his first Open. The universally acknowledged master of the game’s record, which spans 154 consecutive Majors, has included six Masters, five PGAs, four US Opens and three wins in Britain. Sadly, the great man narrowly missed the cut on this his farewell performance.

His heir apparent, Tiger Woods, arrived on the back of a confidence boosting Masters win in April which he followed up with a highly credible second place in the US Open last month. In top form on a course which fierce rival Ernie Els described as “tailor-made for him”, the Tiger charged straight into the lead, finishing day one a shot clear of the field on 66. The world’s best paid sportsman increased his lead to five strokes at the half way stage, before allowing Jose Maria Olazabal, Retief Goosen and Colin Montgomerie to close to within two and three shots respectively on day three. His quest to repeat his 2000 triumph here culminated in a round that once more took the Tiger clear, finishing five shots in the lead 14 under par.

On Sunday, this was not only enough to see off his closest pursuers but also to hold the late charge of Fred Couples who finished in fourth behind Montgomerie and Olazabal. Woods has thus become only the second player alongside Jack Nicklaus to win every Major twice.