The defending champion, Woods finished on 18 under, two shots ahead of Chris DiMarco and five clear of Ernie Els.
DiMarco tried to provide a dramatic finish and at one stage reduced his Ryder Cup team-mateÂ’s lead to just one. But that excitement was only temporary as Woods immediately responded with cushion-restoring birdies. Having been the very definition of steely determination for the entire week, Woods broke into tears after tapping in for par at the last and shared emotional embraces with his caddie Steve Williams, wife Elin and coach Hank Haney.
This may have been major number 11 for the remarkable American but it was major number one for him without having his father Earl to celebrate with. WoodsÂ’ sporting inspiration died in May and the world number one took nine weeks out of the game to grieve.
Londoner Anthony Wall fired a birdie at the last to become the Open championshipÂ’s leading Briton. The 31-year-old, who qualified for the championship with a 40ft birdie putt on the final hole of the European Open, had four birdies in a final round 69. He finished on eight under, two shots ahead of Englishman Robert Rock.
Rock, playing in his second Open, carded a closing 71 while Greg Owen was a shot further back on five under after a 75 which included five bogeys. Englishman Paul Casey finished his Open campaign with another disappointing round - carding a five over par 77 to end the tournament on 10 over. He started with a double-bogey six and had another double bogey and four bogeys as well as three birdies to come last of the 71 men who made the cut. Â“I really struggled with the swing,Â” said the 29-year-old. Â“I didnÂ’t have control of the golf ball this week. If you donÂ’t have that here youÂ’re not going to get away with it.Â”
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