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Hoylake, 20-23 July 2006




Tiger Woods
Woods celebrates his moment of glory at Hoylake
An emotional Tiger Woods made light work of his challengers to win his third Open Championship and his 11th major title at Hoylake.

The defending champion matched the best final round of the day (67) to finish on 18 under par, two shots ahead of America's Chris DiMarco.

South Africa's Ernie Els finished third on 13 under par, one shot ahead of America's Jim Furyk.

England's Anthony Wall was the leading Briton on eight under par.

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By Alistair Magowan

1844: A true champion. Graceful to the last. The only question now is how far can he go? He's got 11 major titles now with Jack Nicklaus' 18 firmly in his sights.

BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss: "An amazing young man."

1843: Tiger Woods: "I guess walking down the last hole I got the chance to enjoy it a little bit. My dad was out there today keeping me calm today."

1842: Tiger Woods: "Where do I begin? It's been a fantastic week for us players to play on a golf course like this. I want to thank all the staff for one of the best Championships ever staged."

1841: Tiger walks onto the 18th and receives the Claret Jug for the third time.

1830: Tiger Woods: "Stevie (Tiger's caddy) said it out on the 18th fairway. This one's for Dad."

1818: Tiger taps in for par. It's his. Tiger is in tears as he regains the Open Championship. What a player.

1817: Sergio Garcia registers a par for a 73. He's 11 under par overall.

1816: As the camera pans to Tiger Woods' wife, BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss pipes up: "In for a treat tonight, I bet."

1815: Tiger has one putt to have the lowest round of the day.

1812: The engraver is off. He begins his work and writes Tiger Woods on the famous Claret Jug for the second year in a row.

1809: It looks as though someone has tried to throw Tiger off course by throwing purple flour bombs onto the 18th green. No chance.

1804: Ernie Els finishes with a one under par 71. DiMarco finishes with a 68 to go to 16 under.

1757: Jim Furyk birdies the last as well and skips into fourth position on his own on 12 under.

BBC golf commentator Sam Torrance: "For that Jim will earn the princely sum of 210,000. Good work if you can get it but you've got to be good."

1755: Angel Cabrera finishes with a birdie for a final score of ten under par. Bet he wishes he could replay that seven on the second.

1749: Japan's Hideto Tanihara finishes with a 71 to finish on 11 under. He has the clubhouse lead now but we all know who's won the 135th Open. The engraver should begin his work now.

1747: Birdie again for Woods on 16. A three shot lead and if you've got him on your betting slip, you can collect.

1745: BBC golf commentator Julian Tutt: "Make or break time for DiMarco with this putt on 17." DiMarco misses it and seems to recognise that it's all over now.

1743: Andres Romero has made the most of his late invite into the Open by being the runner up at Loch Lomond last week. He finishes on nine under too, tied sixth currently.

1741: Adam Scott takes double on the last to finish on nine under.

1736: Chris DiMarco birdies the 16th to go within a shot of Woods but, with almost a sixth sense, Tiger bounces back with a birdie on 15. The gap remains at two shots. 1734: Adam Scott hits his ball out of bounds on the 18th. His challenge effectively ends.

1726: Correction: Tiger's putt was for a birdie. He drains it and has a two-shot lead over DiMarco.

BBC golf commentator Ken Brown: "That was the most supremely timed birdie. he's played like a machine today really."

1724: Adam Scott drops a shot to slip back to 11 under. Andres Romero does the same and goes back to nine under.

1721: Hideto Tanihara birdies the 16th to join Els and Scott on 12 under.

1720: When the going gets tough....Tiger gets going. A quite majestic second shot to the 14th. He's got a chance for an birdie.

1715: Ernie Els birdies the 14th to go to 12 under with Adam Scott.

1713: An amazing par putt for DiMarco on the 14th after some horrible approach play. He stays on 14 under.

BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss: "I would be very surprised if this doesn't go down to the wire."

1710: Adam Scott birdies the 16th to move to third on his own on 12 under.

1709: BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss: "The natives are getting a bit restless, a bit noisy. Do you think the old Chester's Mild is having an effect?"

1703: Tiger drops a shot on the 12th. One shot between him and DiMarco. Game on. Sergio Garcia birdies the hole to go to nine under and at last a smile adorns the Spaniard's face.

1659: At last a glimmer of hope. DiMarco birdies the 13th to get within two shots of Tiger. Another play-off perhaps just like the 2005 Masters?

1657: Simon Khan finishes with a round of 75.

BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss: "It's been left to Anthony Wall to carry the hopes of the home brigade as most of them have performed abysmally."

1653: Hideto Tanihara moves into third position with a birdie on 14. Adam Scott birdies the 15th too.

1650: Tiger misses a birdie putt on the 11th but he looks safe in the knowledge that no-one is really challenging him and saves par easily.

BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss: "That's the first tentative prod that we've seen from the great man." Clutching at straws really.

1648: Just when you need a contender to mount a challenge Ernie Els bogeys the 11th and Cabrera bogeys the 12th. The boys are handing this to Tiger and the atmosphere is now a little subdued at Royal Liverpool.

1643: Tiger's caddy Steve Williams is earning his money keeping the crowd quiet on the tees. Still after a birdie on 10 for Tiger, it may be a fair paycheque he banks today.

1641: BBC golf commentator Wayne Grady: "The lemon outfit has turned out a bit sour today for Sergio."

1634: After Tiger complains about the use of camera phones on the tee, he shouts "no, no," as he hits his second on the 10th. But he needn't worry, he finds the edge of the green.

1628: Great finisher that DiMarco is, his driving is going well right so far today. Ernie follows suit with a wayward drive on the 11th.

1627: Another bogey for Garcia. He's out of it now.

1625: Someone needs to make a move on Tiger. Chris DiMarco takes up the gauntlet with a birdie on the 10th. He's two shots off the lead now.

1620: Sergio Garcia drops another shot on eight. He's six off the lead now and must be struggling with some mental demons now.

BBC golf commentator Sam Torrance: "Wonderful player that Garcia is, Tiger's making him look ordinary now."

1612: Andres Romero birdies the 11th to go 11 under par.

BBC golf commentator Sam Torrance: "He's having a lot of fun out there."

1608: What a championship for England's Anthony Wall. His eight under par score of 280 has the clubhouse lead and fires him into tied ninth overall.

1606: Els drops a shot on eight and joins Chris DiMarco on 12 under. The pair are now three shots behind Tiger. Looking slightly ominous now.

1559: Adam Scott moves into fourth with a birdie on 10 to move to 11 under.

BBC golf commentator Wayne Grady: "His best finish is 34th in a major."

1558: Els looks to the heavens as he finds a bunker with his second shot on eight.

1552: Garcia drives on the seventh while Tiger uses his iron. It's Garcia who needs to take risks now. Ahead of them Chris DiMarco is wayward from the tee on the eighth.

1550: A rueful smile from Sergio Garcia on the sixth as his putt is whiskers away from dropping into the hole for birdie. He remains five shots behind Tiger.

1546: Andres Romero drops a shot on the 10th to slip back to 10 under.

1540: It's an eagle for Tiger on the fifth. He's two shots clear now. A crucial move by the defending champion.

1536: Chris DiMarco birdies the sixth to go to 12 under. He's one behind Tiger and Ernie.

1533: Woods hits a bullet down to the fifth green and has an eagle putt to jump back into the lead.

1528: Ernie Els birdies the fifth to join Tiger on 13 under for the lead. Hideto Tanihara double bogeys the sixth and slips back to eight under.

1521: Korea's SK Ho grabs back-to-back birdies on the ninth and the 10th. He goes to nine under too.

1520: Angel Cabrera grabs a much-needed birdie at the fifth to go back to nine under.

1518: Four pars for Ernie Els on the first four holes. With Sergio Garcia wobbling, steady golf might be all that is needed with so much on the line.

1509: Tiger goes close again on three. He settles for par. Sergio misses again and slips back to 10 under.

BBC golf commentator Sam Torrance: "I don't know how Tiger missed on two and I don't know how he's missed on three."

1504: Argentina's Andres Romero looks hot as he birdies four and five. He's 10 under now and nails a great approach on eight.

1459: Ernie Els nails a great par putt on three to shouts of "Easy, Easy, Easy" from the crowd.

1456: Tiger goes agonisingly close to a birdie on the second and a big grin adorns his face. Sergio misses a tough eight footer to slip back a shot to 11 under.

1454: Can't help but wonder if Sergio is dressed like a champion. Can you imagine a picture of someone in all yellow holding the trophy aloft on your back pages tomorrow morning?

BBC golf commentator Mark James: "I wore an outfit like that once and got called Bananaman so I threw it away."

1452: Phil Mickelson finishes his round on five under for a total score of 283. America's Sean O'Hair is the clubhouse leader on seven under.

1442: Sergio Garcia makes a great putt for par on the first. Tiger follows suit.

1440: Nightmare start for Angel Cabrera. He takes a seven on the second to go back to eight under.

1435: Chris DiMarco misses a par putt to drop a shot on the first.

1434: BBC golf commentator Wayne Grady: "I don't think Ernie will mind not playing with Tiger given all the fuss and ado that you get playing with him."

1431: All that time on the practice range pays dividends for Sergio Garcia as he laces his drive down the middle of the first. Tiger Woods matches him with a solid three wood.

1424: Awkward start for Furyk. He bogeys the first and slips to 10 under. Meanwhile Hideto Tanihara grabs a birdie on two and goes to 11 under.

1422: Tiger and Sergio are both on the putting green fine-tuning before they walk off to the first tee.

BBC golf commentator Wayne Grady: "There's nothing worse than hitting a few bad putts before you head out is there?"

1420: Ernie Els and Chris DiMarco are off and running. DiMarco's drive goes well right.

1407: Rock saves par on the 10th. Jim Furyk and Angel Cabrera wander over to the first tee as BBC golf commentator Ken Brown gives TV viewers a behind the scenes look at what the pros can get for free. Tees, marker, repairers, bananas and water. What a life eh?

BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss: "Pros never change, they are like scavengers."

1358: Rock looks as if he will soon slip back to six under if not worse after finding sand at the 10th.

1349: Rock, who had a bogey at the 3rd and a birdie at the 4th, is now on seven under after picking up a shot at the 9th and is joined by Goosen, who misses a long par putt at the 2nd.

1342: Despite a wayward tee shot, Goosen starts his final round with a par four at the first to remain on eight under.

1342: Open contender DiMarco is relishing the prospect of challenging for the Claret Jug. "This is what we play for, to play at the Open in one of the final groups," he said on the range. "That's what we dream about as a kid in the back garden. No matter what happens I am going to enjoy myself."

1336: Woods strides purposefully to the range eating a sandwich and ignores the shouts of the large crowd which has gathered to watch the players warm up.

1333: Ernie Els is going through his paces on the practice range and is joined by Sergio Garcia, who is wearing a stunning lemon yellow shirt and trousers combination.

1330: Tom Watson, who has just finished his final round, picks Tiger Woods to win this year's Open. "Anyone who is within four of five shots has a chance," he says. "But Tiger is a terrific competitor, he hates to lose and will do everything in his power to win."

1323: Mickelson's birdie run comes to an end at the 12th. He pushes a par putt just wide and slips back to six under. The Masters champion then receives a bit of luck at the next when an errant tee shot bounces out of the rough onto the green.

1318: Woods may not tee off until 1430 but the reigning Open champion is already on the practice green and working on his putting.

1315: Mark Calcavecchia, winner of the Open in 1989, is just four shots off Woods and is warming up on the practice range. "This is my favourite tournament of the year. I seem to play well here because I love it so much," he says before the start of his final round.

1311: Three birdies in a row for Big Phil. He's on seven under now.

1304: Tiger arrives at Royal Liverpool with some burly security blokes in tow.

BBC golf commentator Mark James: "I've been informed that the heavies are from the Army Golfing Society. I just assumed they were CIA operatives but no, local lads."

1300: Winner of the Silver Medal Norway's Marius Thorp: "It was very big day for me. It was a thrill to play with a legend like Tom Watson. I learnt a lot today." Thorp shot a 71 and finished on level par overall.

1254: Phil Mickelson birdies the 10th and moves to six under.

BBC golf commentator Mark James: "He should find it more difficult on the back nine because he hits it so high, but he is some player these days."

1248: Paul Broadhurst neutralises (Jim Furyk's word, not ours - see below) his two eagles with another double bogey on the 14th.

1242: Big Phil gets back on track as he birdies the ninth. He's five under now. Leading Englishman Greg Owen is warming up on the practice range. "The wind is a little stronger today," he says. "There's lot of chances out there and I'm going to try and get some low scores on the par fives."

1238: South Africa's Retief Goosen is on the practice range and reckons he needs a 64 to get back into the mix after a disappointing third round on Saturday. "I'm going to try and be a bit more aggressive today," he says, "but someone's going to shoot a low round." He'll start on eight under.

1233: Facts you didn't know about Robert Rock: He used to be a PGA pro and teacher at the Swingers Golf Centre in Lichfield.

1228: Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal scores an even-par round of 72 to finish on one over for the Championship.

1224: Five-time winner Tom Watson gets a fantastic reception as he walks up the 18th. Playing partner Marius Thorp stands back to pay his respects and will earn himself a nice Silver Medal as leading amateur.

1222: Phil Mickelson bogeys the seventh. BBC golf commentator Mark James: "He may smile about it in public but the experience of Winged Foot is going to torment him for a while."

1216: Former Open champion David Duval shoots a 71 to take the clubhouse lead. Paul Broadhurst slips back on the 11th with a double bogey.

1209: Barbie's boyfriend (Robert Rock) makes a good-looking start to his final round with birdie on the first. He moves to six under. Meanwhile Paul Broadhurst is in trouble on the 11th.

1200: England's Paul Broadhurst nails a fantastic chip and run on the 10th for another eagle. He went out in 32 and moves to six under.

1157: Big Phil birdies the fifth to add to his one on the first. He's on five under now, tied 25th overall.

1151: America's Jim Furyk arrives early at Royal Liverpool in confident mood: "I like the firm and fast conditions," he says, "hopefully that will neutralise some of the big hitters today."

1147: Paul Casey finishes on 10 over for a final total of 298. It's been a tough weekend for the 29-year-old. Go get a drink Case - you deserve it.

1144: Michael Campbell and Paul Broadhurst are the early movers, both are three under for the final round.

1136: England's Robert Rock, still looking like he stepped out of the pages of a catalogue, is in a good mood on the practice range as he anticipates his final round starting on five under. BBC Sport commentator Wayne Grady: "He's not a bad looking bloke is he?"

1130: Leading amateur, Norway's Marius Thorp, birdies the 11th and 12th to move to level par. With him and Edoardo Molinari (eight over par) the only amateurs left in the field, it looks like the 18-year-old Thorp will take the Silver Medal.

1123: There's some heart-warming stories in prospect at the top of the leaderboard: Tiger Woods coming back from his break after the death of his father. Sergio Garcia looking to seal the major his talent arguably deserves.

Then there's Chris DiMarco who says his mother has been with him on the course after she passed away two weeks ago. Ernie Els is coming back from a freak injury and Argentina's Angel Cabrera is looking to emulate fellow countryman Robert de Vicenzo who won last time the Open was at Hoylake.

1112: Looks like the trusty fifth is going to be a good scoring hole again. England's Paul Broadhurst has just eagled it to move to three under.

1106: But Big Phil starts positively, snatching a birdie at the first. He moves to four under. Casey stops the rot with a birdie on the 15th.

1056: Phil Mickelson is out on the course, perhaps wishing he was in the mix at the top of the leaderboard.

1037: Three-time Open champion Gary Player has been on BBC Radio Five Live complaining that players at Hoylake haven't been using their drivers enough.

Except Angel Cabrera perhaps. Where he could, he used driver on every hole on the back nine on Saturday.

1024: Luke Donald gets his round underway with a par. He remains at one under overall. Paul Broadhurst, playing with him, birdies the first to move to two under.

1019: Paul Casey is five over par for his round after further bogeys on seven and eight. He's 10 over for the tournament and making calls on his mobile for the quickest taxi out of the Wirral. Maybe.

0947: American Vaughn Taylor eagles the par-five fifth to move to two under for the round and four over for the tournament.

0933: With 11 players now out on the course there is still no-one under par. And only two of them have maintained their overnight score.

0907: Things get worse for Paul Casey as he drops another shot to fall to seven over for the tournament.

0855: England's Paul Casey has an up-and-down start with a double bogey at the first and a birdie at the second.

Maybe it is a sign that the wind is going to make low scoring harder today as four of the five players on the course are already over par.

0835: It's not the start that Marco Ruiz would have wanted as he bogeys the first to drop back to six over.

0820: Marco Ruiz starts proceedings and has the whole course to himself.

It has been a damp start to the day at Hoylake, but the weather is now brightening up.

The wind is gustier than it has been all week and temperatures are fresher than they have been for the last three days.

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