Tiger Woods Wins 2005 British Open, His 10th Major

Tiger Woods has a six stroke lead after 15 holes and his nearest competitors, Jose Maria Olazabal and Colin Montgomerie, are collapsing under the pressure.

Woods remains leader on star-studded leaderboard (ESPN)

Photo: With his closest challengers faltering on the back nine, Tiger Woods cruised to a wire-to-wire victory Sunday at the British Open -- his 10th career major title. Woods (14-under ) shot a final-round 70 to beat Colin Montgomerie by five shots. ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — In a one-minute span, Tiger Woods may have won his 10th career major championship. At 13 under and leading by two strokes, Woods watched playing partner Jose Maria Olazabal miss a short par putt on the 12th hole to drop to 10 under. Up ahead on the 13th green, Colin Montgomerie also made bogey to drop three back. As if to twist the knife, Woods calmly sank his birdie putt to move to 14 under overall and claim a four-stroke lead.

Tiger’s quest to pass Jack Nicklaus is back on track after a win at the Masters, a close second at the U.S. Open, and now the British Open title.

Update: Still up 6 after 16 holes.

Update 2: Down to a 5 stroke lead after 17 holes.

Update 3: He wins with a 5 shot margin. The announcer notes that Tiger joins Nicklaus as the only golfers to complete the “career grand slam” (i.e., winning each of the four Majors in a career) more than once.

Photo: Tiger Woods gets up close and personal with the jug. (AP)
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