Tiger Woods' second major without his father Earl around to see it ended like 10 others before -- with the world's greatest player left holding the trophy. After tapping in Sunday for a 5-under 67, Woods won the Open Championship, hugged his caddie and burst into tears.
The 135th Open Championship
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With his successful defense of his Open Championship title, Tiger Woods earned the right to defend his crown in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, the season-ending showcase of major champions. Phil Mickelson and Geoff Ogilvy already have qualified.
Majors are supposed to separate the men from the boys, says PGA.com contributor Grant Boone, and the 135th Open Championship did exactly that. Earl Woods' boy and Norma DiMarco's boy made their parents very proud.
Earl Woods would have loved this Open Championship. Every lesson he ever taught his son about life and golf seemed to be in play over four days at Royal Liverpool and, with his victory, Tiger proved that he remembered them all.
Chris DiMarco cheered up his grieving family and proved that his game was back on track at Hoylake. And, says T.J. Auclair, his strong finish just might have spared U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Lehman a very difficult decision.
Struggles in the middle of his final round ended Ernie Els' chances of overtaking Tiger Woods for the Claret Jug. And though disappointed at again failing to beat Woods, the Big Easy also is pleased to be fully recovered from his knee problem.
For Sergio Garcia, Sunday at Hoylake played out in all-too-familiar fashion. With a chance to beat Tiger Woods in a major, the excitable Spaniard fell behind early, struggled to stay in contention and finished the day looking up at the winner.