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The Open Golf Championship 2005

After a thrilling week at St Andrews, Tiger Woods proved to be simply too good for the rest of the field, winning the Open Championship by a five-shot margin.

His second Open win means Woods now has 10 majors, and is only the second man to have won each of golf's four big prizes twice.

After a spirited challenge, willed on by the excellent St Andrews crowd, Colin Montgomerie took the runner-up spot - his fourth for a major.

Jose Maria Olazabal, Woods' partner, was the third man in the final day's three horse race - but like Monty, his challenge faded in the back nine and he fell back to eight under and a share of third with Fred Couples.

One behind this pair, in a six-way tie for fifth, were Geoff Ogilvy, Bernhard Langer, Vijay Singh, Michael Campbell, Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosen.

There was further Scottish success in the race for the Silver Medal that goes to the leading amateur. Lloyd Saltman, a 19-year-old from Edinburgh, carded a superb 71 for a five under total, one better than his 25-year-old rival from Dundee, Eric Ramsay.

And it is fitting that in the week the golf world said farewell to Jack Nicklaus it should salute the man that will one day surpass the Golden Bear's records.

Leading positions at the Open, St Andrews:

(GB & Ire unless stated, * denotes amateur)

-14 Tiger Woods (US)

-9 Colin Montgomerie

-8 Fred Couples (US), Jose Maria Olazabal (Sp)

-7 Geoff Ogilvy (Aus), Bernhard Langer (Ger), Vijay Singh (Fij), Michael Campbell (NZ), Sergio Garcia (Sp), Retief Goosen (SA)

-6 Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Nick Faldo, Kenny Perry (US)

-5 David Frost (SA), Nick O'Hern (Aus), Mark Hensby (Aus), * Lloyd Saltman, Trevor Immelman (SA), John Daly (US), Sean O'Hair (US), Darren Clarke

The Open Championship will return to St Andrews in 2010.


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