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Last Updated: Sunday, 17 July, 2005, 17:28 GMT 18:28 UK
Day four as it happened
Tiger Woods
Woods negotiated the old course superbly as his rivals floundered
Tiger Woods carded a closing round of 70 to finish on 14 under, sealing the Open Championship by five strokes.

Midway through, his lead was down to one but he birdied the 12th and Colin Montgomerie, who went on to finish second, dropped two in three holes.

Jose Maria Olazabal, who began the day in second, leaked four shots in six holes and finished in a tie for third.

Veteran Fred Couples finished his round over two hours before Woods but his eight under total matched Olazabal.

UPDATES FROM THE COURSE (All times BST)

1804: Woods holes out for a par from two feet and he is the champion again.

1803: Olazabal rattles one in for a birdie and he finishes with a 74 in a tie for third at eight under.

1753: Tiger's effort drifts past the edge and he drops to 14 under, but his lead is still comfortable - five shots.

1752: Olazabal cannot hole and he drops out of third place, slipping to seven under.

1750: Woods opts for a similar tactic from a similar place.

1749: Olazabal has to putt wide of the Road Hole bunker and leave himself a 20-footer.

1748: Monty holes out for a closing par and a nine under total.

1747: Goosen taps in from three feet for a closing birdie that leaves him at seven under.

1746: After leaving his first putt 15 foot wide of the flag to counteract the huge undulations on the final green, Monty leaves a birdie putt short.

1742: Monty is treated to a reception of Nicklaus proportions at the 18th but once again it is a case of so near and yet so far for the big Scot.

1739: After admonishing some over eager amateur photographers on the tee in unison with irascible caddie/bouncer Steve Williams, Woods finds the fairway comfortably at his one remaining obstacle, the 17th.

1738: Garcia gives an eagle putt a chance at the last but he finishes with a birdie and a total of seven under for the week.

1737: Woods displays superb judgement of pace yet again from long distance and is right up to the hole, a foot wide, no trouble tapping in for par.

1734: Monty's long putt is urged on but it slips by the edge, although he is able to hole out for a brave par-four at the 17th.

1733: Campbell misses from six feet for a birdie and closes on seven under.

1731: Woods is pin high but well wide of the flag just off the green at the 16th hole.

1730: Singh's effort for a closing eagle just stays out and his birdie gives him a finishing total of seven under.

1729: Monty's punch into the 17th finishes well short of the green.

1728: Garcia's par putt slides out to the left and he drops to six under.

1726: Olazabal's attempt to save par stays on the right and he drops back to eight under.

1724: Woods putts up to a foot from the hole from distance at the 15th and taps in to remain 15 under.

1722: Monty's putt for par is short and he drops to nine under.

1721: A dejected Olazabal runs through the back and the ball just topples into a the face of a steep bunker.

1720: Woods pitches pin high to the right of the 15th green.

1718: A tired putt from Monty finishes well short and is reflected by a subdued atmosphere.

1712: Woods increases his lead to five with a smooth birdie putt.

1711: Olazabal misses a chance from 10 feet for a birdie at the 14 and he taps in for a par to remain at nine under.

1709: Monty holes out for his par and remains four back at 10 under.

1708: Woods plays a sublime lofted pitch to six feet at the 14th.

1706: Monty has a bold attempt for a birdie at the 15th but it drifts two feet past the hole.

1702: Lyle holes out from three feet for a closing birdie but he has had a disappointing day and a 75 leaves him three under.

1700: Garcia extravagantly celebrates another birdie but is well adrift at seven under.

1656: Another dropped shot from Olazabal sees him drop to nine under and as Monty misses for a birdie on the 14th, Tiger's lead looks to be too great.

1655: Langer finishes with a birdie and a seven under total.

1650: Singh misses a short one at the 15th.

1648: Garcia birdies the 14th but is still way back on six under.

1647: Olazabal gets a flier and races to the back of the massive shared green, leaving one of the longest putts of the week.

1639: Monty also misses on the left for a bogey and back at the 12th Woods taps in for his birdie to return to 14 under.

1638: The return stays on the left edge and he drops to 10 under.

1637: Olazabal's chip races eight feet past at the 12th.

1636: Monty chips up to eight feet from the light rough.

1635: A neat chip and run from Woods finishes four feet from the flag and sets up another birdie chance.

1634: Olazabal from deep in the heather, hacks back into play short of the green.

1630: Woods finds the light rough just short of the 12th green.

1628: Monty knocks in his testing three footer for par.

1627: Michael Campbell, who has got to eight under, finds a fairway bunker at the 14th.

1626: Olazabal holes out for a par from two feet and stays 11 under.

1625: Woods lags up from 20 feet and completes a comfortable par three to remain at 13 under.

1622: A misjudged second from Montgomerie at the 12th leaves him short of the green.

1621: Garcia holes out from four feet but after driving into the gorse it is a double bogey at the 12th and he is back to six under.

1617: Olazabal is able to ignore some idiotic lager-fuelled cries from the crowd and holes out from two feet for a par.

1616: Woods misses for his par at the 10th and the lead is only two.

1615: Saltman finishes with a birdie for a round of 71 and wins the silver medal for leading amateur by a single shot from Eric Ramsay.

1614: Monty, who putted up to four feet, misses on the left and he slips three behind Woods at 11 under.

1613: Having played out of the bunker, Woods putts from off the green but it is eight feet wide of the flag.

1610: Langer fluffs his chip over a bunker and it plummets into the face of the steep trap.

1609: Olazabal is too bold with his pitch from 80 yards and flies 25 feet beyond the pin.

1605: Monty's tee shot at the 11th runs through the green and leaves him an awkward up and down.

1604: Woods finds the face of a greenside bunker at the 10th.

1602: Monty's putt stays above ground and he remains at 12 under.

1600: Woods putts up to a few inches for a rock solid birdie at the ninth and he leads by two now at 14 under.

1558: Monty's second at the 10th does not check up as he would have hoped on reaching the green and leaves him with a 25-footer.

1557: Freddie Couples holes out from three feet to birdie the last and finish the Championship on eight under.

1552: A Woods missile flies pin high at the 10th, which is 330 yards to the front edge, leaving him a very realistic eagle opportunity

1550: He chooses to continue and holes out from three feet to reach 12 under.

1549: Monty has an 18-foot putt to tie for the lead but the eagle chance slips by a fraction on the right.

1548: After his awesome tee shot Woods misses his short putt and stays at 13 under.

1546: Olazabal's double-breaking putt for a birdie at the eighth hits the hole but spins out

1543: Monty cracks a drive onto the green pin high at the ninth.

1542: Woods lofts an imperious nine-iron 170-odd yards to within five feet at the par-three eighth.

1541: Garcia misses a birdie chance from five feet and he remains five back at eight under.

1540: Woods misses from five feet on the left and he stays 13 under ahead by two.

1539: Monty's long birdie effort at the eighth seems set to topple in from the left side but it stays above ground.

1536: Woods is in an old divot but a sparkling shot is loaded with spin and it comes within a fraction of diving into the hole.

1528: A superb slippery putt sneaks in the side door and Monty stays at 11 under, two behind Woods, who secured his par at the sixth.

1527: Olazabal taps in for a bogey to slip to 10 under.

1526: Monty's approach putt bends back at the final moment and leaves him five feet away.

1524: Faldo holes from off the green for an eagle to complete a stunning finish and a six under total for the Championship.

1134: Monty's second at the seventh is heavy and it comes up short of the green.

1521: Woods is furious when he hits the flag with his approach and the ball clatters back off the green.

1517: Singh holes out from five feet for a birdie at the eighth after a superb tee shot, getting back to eight under.

1515: Olazabal finds the deep fairway bunker at the sixth.

1513: Woods calmly holes out for a birdie to get to 13 under, while a hole ahead Monty is just short with a 20-foot effort and he makes a par.

1512: Faldo in a rare moment of frivolity after holing from 15 feet to birdie the fearsome 17th.

1511: Having raced seven feet past, Olazabal's birdie putt is a shade tentative and it drifts left.

1510: Tiger's eagle putt at the fifth looks good for most of its 25-foot journey but just misses on the left and runs four feet past

1506: Langer drops to eight under with a bogey at the 10th.

1505: Singh misses from three feet to drop his first shot of the day and he drops to seven under.

1502: No mistake from Montgomerie from three feet and he joins Olazabal in second at 11 under.

1500: Monty has a putt to tie for the lead but the eagle chance at the fifth brushes past the right edge.

1458: Saltman is within a whisker of saving par from 15 feet at the 13th but he drops back to six under.

1453: Olazabal holes a memorable long putt at the fourth that breaks at the last moment and puts him 11 under, and only one behind

1444: Daly doesn't hole that short putt and he stays at six under.

1443: Monty safely holes out from three feet and stays 10 under

1440: Daly putts virtually the entire width of the ninth green right up to within three feet and he should tap in to get to seven under.

1439:Olazaba has a very makeable putt for a birdie at the third but from 10 feet it drifts right and he records a par.

1437: Kenny Perry, another well equipped to hold firm in the breeze, curls in a 20-footer for a birdie at the seventh and he reaches eight under.

1432: Langer's latest long putt for a birdie finishes a few inches short at the eighth and he stays at eight under.

1428: Monty picks up his first shot of the day, rolling in a birdie putt from over 15 feet at the third to reach 10 under.

1426: Olazabal holes out safely after his magical chip and he stays two behind at 10 under.

1425: Woods putts up to within a yard and chooses to hole out.

1423: From an improbable spot beneath some extreme undulations, Olazabal plays a sublime chip that finishes inches from the flag.

1421: Garcia misses a good birdie chance and stays seven under.

1420: With his second shot Woods is closer to the 16th flag that shares the green with the second, and will face a mammoth putt.

1417: Goosen squeezes one in from four feet but it is his second bogey and he is back to seven under.

1416: Monty's birdie attempt at the second is always left but is only a foot away and leaves him a comfortable par.

1415: Olazabal's drive at the second plummets into the heavy rough on the left.

1411: Tiger's opening putt slips past the left edge and races a yard by, but after gesticulating to an unfortunate person who has done something they shouldn't, he holes out confidently for a par.

1410: Jose Maria Olazabal, in an extremely airy pair of burnt orange coloured trousers, safely two putts for a par on the opening green.

1409: Retief Goosen, having dropped a shot at the first, finds more trouble with his approach at the second.

1407: Garcia misses from four feet at the second to drop to seven under.

1406: Into the wind with a wedge, Woods is pin high at the first but over 20 feet from the flag.

1401: Tiger Woods, beginning with a black sleeveless pullover on top of his trademark final day red shirt, hits his opening tee shot a little heavily with an iron but it is in no trouble in the centre of the fairway.

1359: Monty's opening putt is off to the right and he makes a par.

1356: Bernhard Langer holes an epic putt from 30 feet for an eagle at the fifth and he races to eight under.

1355: Monty finds the heart of the green with his opening approach.

1354: Faldo rifles in his third birdie in four holes to reach five under.

1353: Sergio Garcia races a birdie chance past the hole at the first.

1350: Colin Montgomerie is given a rapturous ovation as he bisects the opening fairway with his tee shot.

1346: Brad Faxon has the worst possible start when he finds the burn in front of the first green with his approach shot.

1339: Vijay Singh rolls in a deadweight birdie putt on the opening hole to move immediately to eight under, four off the lead, while playing partner Michael Campbell can only manage par.

1336: Scott Verplank moves to seven under with a five-foot birdie putt at the fifth.

1327: Tom Watson, having driven the green at the last, leaves his eagle putt 18 inches short but taps in for a birdie and a round of 72 for a one under total.

1321: Faldo holes from 20 feet for a birdie to reach four under.

1319: Playing partner Kenny Perry holes from 12 feet for a birdie to get to seven under.

1317: Darren Clarke, sporting a pair of tartan trousers with no shortage of material, gives his birdie putt a chance but it misses on the right and he opens with a par, to stay six under.

1309: McDowell birdies the last to finish six under, but Daly's putt misses on the left at the third and he has to settle for a par.

1308: Daly judges another approach expertly and will have a four feet birdie chance.

1306: Faldo misses on the other side and his birdie sees him out in level par 36, three under for the Championship.

1305: Poulter's eagle putt wanders a foot left of the flag and he taps in for a birdie that takes him six under.

1301: Crowd favourite Sandy Lyle drops his club in dismay as he fires one away at the first, but the ball runs safely a few feet from the dreaded burn.

1258: Saltman is too firm with his downhilll four-footer for par at the fourth and he drops to four under.

1257: Daly's birdie putt at the second glides past the left edge and he has to settle for a par.

1256: Faldo drives the green at the ninth and will have a putt for an eagle to atone for his earlier dropped shot.

1251: Freddie Jacobson's long putt for a birdie at the ninth takes him two under for the day and five under for the Championship.

1250: McDowell picks up his fourth birdie in the last five holes, the three at the 16th leaving him at five under.

1248: He converts it safely to reach five under.

1245: Saltman cuts in an iron approach to the third that spins in and stops a foot from the flag.

1244: He opens with a 15-foot birdie putt and reaches seven under.

1236: Big John Daly, a huge orange shirt flowing in the breeze, rips a two iron down the first fairway and is given a raucous welcome by the galleries.

1234: The Carnoustie youngster holes out from two feet and finishes at four under in his quest for the silver medal.

1231: Rival amateur Ramsay, after dropping a shot at the Road Hole, curls an eagle chance a fraction wide at the last.

1230: Saltman taps in from two feet to stay at four under.

1226: KJ Choi holes from off the green to birdie the 10th and move to five under for the Championship.

1224: Graeme McDowell moves three under for the day with a birdie at the 14th, leaving him four under.

1220: Poulter in pink and purple checked trousers, rattles in a par putt and remains at four under.

1219: Nick Faldo drops his first shot of the day at the fifth after driving into a fairway bunker and taking three from the edge, he drops to two under.

1214: Saltman, all in white, lags up his long range birdie putt with his cross-handed style and leaves it a foot wide, no problem for his par.

1212: Els finishes with a par-four at the last for a round of 70 that leaves him at two under.

1134: Luke Donald has a double bogey at the 17th for the second day running but finishes with a birdie for a round of 70 and level par.

1132: Ramsay birdies the long 14th and reaches four under, the same figure as compatriot Lloyd Saltman, who has yet to begin his final round.

1120: Els, bidding to force something special at the par-five 14th, captiulates with a double bogey and drops way back to three under.

1110: Scotsman Eric Ramsay makes a late bid for the amateur title with his third birdie of the day, reaching three under after 12 holes.

1101: Ernie's birdie charge has halted with three consecutive pars

1035: Khan succumbs to his second successive bogey and slips to two under for the Championship.

1022: The Big Easy is making it look precisely that and records a fourth birdie in a row, leaving him seven shots behind Woods now.

1012: Els is in prime form, a little too late, but his third successive birdie leaves him at four under.

1004: Ernie Els, looking to make up for a 75 on Saturday, birdies the eighth to move to three under for the Championship.

0955: England's Simon Khan makes it five birdies in eight holes with a two at the 175-yard eighth. He is now four under for the tournament.

0924: Simon Khan, playing alongside Miguel Angel Jimenez, birdies the sixth to move to three under for the day.

0903: England's Luke Donald eagles the par-four seventh and is two under for the round, level par overall.

0809: America's Ted Purdy birdies the fourth - his second birdie of the morning.

0750: British duo Paul Lawrie and Luke Donald tee off. Both are two over going into the final round.

0710: Britain's Graeme Storm and American Duffy Waldorf are the first pairing out on the final day.


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