2006 British Open: Woods Leaves Wood in the Bag

Tiger Woods of USA walks off the 18th green in tears with his caddy Steve Williams after his 2006 British Open win
Tiger Woods (with caddie Steve Williams) cries after winning the 2006 British Open, his first major victory following the death of his father. Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Tiger Woods left his driver in the bag throughout the tournament, instead taking advantage of course conditions to focus on accuracy off the tee. And it worked: He won the 2006 Open Championship by two.

Quick Bits

  • Winner: Tiger Woods, 270
  • Dates: July 20-23, 2006
  • Location: Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, England
  • Open Championship number: This was the 135th time the British Open was played.

Tiger's Iron Will at the 2006 Open

Royal Liverpool was a very dry place in July of 2006.

And the golf course's fairways were brown and crispy - and producing lots of roll. A great player might get the idea that hitting driver off the tee wasn't even necessary.

One great player did get that idea at the 2006 British Open: Tiger Woods. Woods hit irons off the tee on nearly every hole, using his driver just once over the four days. That controlled approach kept his ball away from trouble, yet the amount of roll on the hard-baked fairways gave him plenty of distance.

It wasn't an easy win for Woods - his margin of victory was two strokes over a valiant Chris DiMarco, who was playing shortly after the death of his mother - but it was one in which he always seemed in control.

DiMarco was in grieving during the tournament, and so was Woods: Wood's father, Earl Woods, passed away a couple months earlier. This was the first win for Woods without his father around, and Woods showed the emotion of the moment by breaking down in tears after the final putt.

Woods played in the final pairing on the final day with Sergio Garcia, who started the day one stroke behind Woods and set up hope of a Woods-Garcia battle throughout the day. But it wasn't to be, as Garcia struggled early and wound up seven strokes back of Tiger.

The victory was Woods' third in the British Open.

It was Woods' 11th win overall in a major and his 49th PGA Tour victory.

2006 British Open Scores

Scores and earnings from the 2006 British Open, played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England (a-amateur):

Tiger Woods67-65-71-67--270$1,338,480
Chris DiMarco70-65-69-68--272$799,370
Ernie Els68-65-71-71--275$511,225
Jim Furyk68-71-66-71--276$390,390
Sergio Garcia68-71-65-73--277$296,510
Hideto Tanihara72-68-66-71--277$296,510
Angel Cabrera71-68-66-73--278$237,952
Adam Scott68-69-70-72--279$177,224
Andres Romero70-70-68-71--279$177,224
Carl Pettersson68-72-70-69--279$177,224
S.K. Ho68-73-69-70--280$128,890
Anthony Wall67-73-71-69--280$128,890
Ben Crane68-71-71-70--280$128,890
Sean O'Hair69-73-72-67--281$105,033
Retief Goosen70-66-72-73--281$105,033
Brett Rumford68-71-72-71--282$83,655
Geoff Ogilvy71-69-70-72--282$83,655
Mikko Ilonen68-69-73-72--282$83,655
Robert Rock69-69-73-71--282$83,655
Robert Allenby69-70-69-74--282$83,655
Peter Lonard71-69-68-74--282$83,655
Phil Mickelson69-71-73-70--283$65,762
Charl Schwartzel74-66-72-71--283$65,762
Mark Hensby68-72-74-69--283$65,762
Greg Owen67-73-68-75--283$65,762
Rory Sabbatini69-70-73-72--284$54,096
Jerry Kelly72-67-69-76--284$54,096
Lee Slattery69-72-71-72--284$54,096
Hunter Mahan73-70-68-73--284$54,096
Paul Broadhurst71-71-73-69--284$54,096
Lee Westwood69-72-75-69--285$45,545
Scott Verplank70-73-67-75--285$45,545
Simon Khan70-72-68-75--285$45,545
Thaworn Wiratchant71-68-74-72--285$45,545
Rod Pampling69-71-74-72--286$36,482
Marcus Fraser68-71-72-75--286$36,482
Robert Karlsson70-71-71-74--286$36,482
John Senden70-73-73-70--286$36,482
Michael Campbell70-71-75-70--286$36,482
Luke Donald74-68-73-71--286$36,482
Mark Calcavecchia71-68-68-80--287$27,619
Thomas Bjorn72-71-73-71--287$27,619
Stephen Ames70-71-72-74--287$27,619
Jeff Sluman71-72-68-76--287$27,619
Miguel Jimenez67-70-76-74--287$27,619
Brandt Jobe69-71-75-72--287$27,619
Soren Kjeldsen71-71-71-74--287$27,619
Gonzalo Fernandez70-69-73-76--288$21,577
Simon Dyson74-69-70-75--288$21,577
Simon Wakefield72-71-70-75--288$21,577
a-Marius Thorp71-71-75-71--288 
Henrik Stenson72-71-74-71--288$21,577
Tom Watson72-70-75-71--288$21,577
Andrew Marshall72-71-68-77--288$21,577
John Bickerton72-70-70-76--288$21,577
David Duval70-70-78-71--289$19,147
Tim Clark72-69-69-79--289$19,147
Mike Weir68-72-73-76--289$19,147
Keiichiro Fukabori67-73-70-79--289$19,147
Jose Maria Olazabal73-68-76-72--289$19,147
Graeme McDowell66-73-72-79--290$18,497
Andrew Buckle72-69-72-77--290$18,497
Mark O'Meara71-70-77-73--291$18,125
Marco Ruiz71-70-80-70--291$18,125
Chad Campbell70-73-74-75--292$17,846
Vaughn Taylor72-71-77-74--294$17,567
Fred Funk69-74-75-76--294$17,567
Todd Hamilton72-71-74-78--295$17,288
a-Edoardo Molinari73-70-77-75--295 
Bart Bryant69-74-77-76--296$17,102
Paul Casey72-70-79-77--298$16,916

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