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The Open: Flashback to 2006

Tiger makes it two out of two at Hoylake

Posted Jun 01, 2011 by Chris White

Tiger made it two wins out of two back in 2006 and hopes to be fit for this year at St Georges

This year’s Open Championship gets underway at Royal St Georges in little over six weeks time, so it’s time to take a look back at some of the best contests in the tournament’s 139-year history.

This week, we go back to 2006 and the Royal Liverpool Club. After a 39-year absence, the Open returned to Hoylake in what was many players’ first experience of the links course. 156 players took part over the four days on the par-72 course, with Tiger Woods going into the event as the reigning Open Champion having won at St Andrews.

In just the third tournament since Woods’ father, Earl, passed away, Tiger turned in the type of performance that defined his quality over the years, to win the 135th Open Championship. The win was his second in a row in the competition, and his third overall, and will be remembered for the celebrations afterwards in which Woods broke down in tears in the arms of his caddie Steve Williams.

The victory made Woods only the second player after Tom Watson to win the Open in successive years.

His 18-under par tournament total of 270 was enough to hold off the challenge of Chris DiMarco, who finished on 16 under, while Ernie Els finished on 13 under in third place. Former US Open Champion Jim Furyk finished fourth, while Spaniard Sergio Garcia, who went into the final day just one shot behind Woods, tied for fifth with Hideto Tanihara on 11 under par.

DiMarco made birdies on the 10th, 13th, 16th, and 18th to keep the pressure on Tiger, but the only blemish on the world number one's card was a bogey on the par-4 12th, where he missed a 15-foot par putt.

Woods is expected to be fit to take part in this year’s competition after suffering a recurrence of his knee and Achilles problems at Sawgrass last month, and would definitely be one to take a punt on to win, especially with all the focus currently on the European players.

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