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Last Updated: Monday, 24 July 2006, 09:10 GMT 10:10 UK
Woods hails 'best' Open victory
Tiger Woods embraces the famous Claret Jug after his emotional Open victory Hoylake
Woods' Open victory was the 11th major win of his career
Tiger Woods says some of the best golf of his illustrious career propelled him to a third Open title.

The American shot a final-round 67 on Sunday to finish two clear of the field at Hoylake in his first major win since the death of his father in May.

"As far as my control, it was probably one of the best ball striking weeks I've ever had," he said.

"That's shaping the ball, moving my trajectory and different heights and controlling my spin into the greens."

The normally ice-cool Woods cut an emotional figure after putting in for victory on the 18th.

Basically to win your first tournament after my father had passed away, and for it to be a major championship, it makes it that much more special

Tiger Woods

It was his first win since the death of his father Earl and he burst into tears as he first hugged caddie Steve Williams before embracing his wife Elin and then coach Hank Haney.

"I've never done that," he added. "You know me. So I guess it's just all the things that we've gone through of late.

"I guess I'm kind of the one who bottles things up a little bit and moves on, tries to deal with things in my own way.

"But at that moment it just came pouring out and of all the things that my father has meant to me and the game of golf.

"I just wish he could have seen it one more time."

He was always on my case about thinking my way around the golf course and not letting emotions get the better of you

Woods on his late father

Woods won the Open in 2000 and 2005 but insisted this victory meant more to him considering events surrounding the tournament.

"No doubt about it," he said. "Absolutely no doubt about it.

"Basically to win your first tournament after my father had passed away, and for it to be a major championship, it makes it that much more special."

Woods, who has now won 11 major tournaments, opted for a rigid strategy and stuck rigidly to it throughout the four rounds.

He decided not to use his driver, and instead to employ his irons off the tees to limit the chances of playing wayward shots and missing the fairways.

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He said his approach was born out of the influence his father had on his game.

"He would have been very proud," Woods said.

"He was always on my case about thinking my way around the golf course and not letting emotions get the better of you, because it's so very easy to do in this sport.

"He would say just use your mind to plot your way around the golf course and, if you had to deviate from the game plan, make sure it is the right decision to do that.

"He was very adamant I play like that my entire playing career."



SEE ALSO
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