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  Sunday, 23 July, 2000, 20:01 GMT 21:01 UK
Superb Woods seals Major glory
Tiger Woods
Woods achieves history at St Andrews
Tiger Woods has become the youngest player to win all four Majors after an eight-stroke victory at the 129th Open Championship.

Woods joins an elite group which includes Gene Sarazen, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Gary Player, to have achieved the mammoth feat.

World number two and playing partner David Duval got to within three strokes of the overnight leader but bogeys on the 12th, 13th, 16th was followed by disaster on the 17th where he finished with an eight.

South African Ernie Els and Thomas Bjorn both finished on 11-under par for the Championship to tie for second.

Woods however stayed calm throughout his near faultless round and a bogey on the 17th, only his third during the four days, failed to dampen spirits at St Andrews.


I'm fortunate to have achieved this feat so early in my career
New Open champion
Tiger Woods

He ended with a total of 269, 19-under par and in turn recorded the lowest ever score at St Andrews.

"Its the ultimate," he revealed after picking up the Claret Jug.

"Its ironic that it has all happened in the same year. Having won the US Open and The Open is amazing. I'm fortunate to have achieved this feat so early in my career."

Woods added that he had been determined to put up a good performance on the Old Course.

"I wanted to shoot four straight rounds in the 60s."

Disconsolate Duval

The new champion also paid tribute to his unfortunate playing partner Duval.

"I was lucky to have a chance to play with my great friend David Duval and although he didn't have the day he wanted he was a true gentleman throughout."

A disconsolate Duval freefalled to seven-under par to leave him still looking for a career Major win.

David Duval
Duval's challenge faded away
Earlier the bespectacled Duval birdied the sixth and seventh to reach 14-under par while Woods only managed a par on both which saw the gap close between the top two.

But after the American pairing parred the eighth and ninth, Woods birdied the 10th to move to 18 under, restoring his four shot lead.

Further birdies on the 12th and 14th took Woods to an amazing 20-under par and the Claret Jug was as good as his.

Ernie Els had been the first to put pressure on Woods after birdies on four of the first five holes, but he eventually settled for second alongside the impressive Dane Thomas Bjorn.

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The ceremony at St Andrews
Tiger Woods receives the Claret Jug as new Open champion
Tiger Woods
"It has been a very special week"
The BBC's Tony Adamson
"He came, he saw, he conquered. A masterclass of major proportions"
The Open at St.Andrews
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