2005 British Open Golf Review
The 2005 British Open Golf was played on the iconic Old Course of St Andrews between the 14th July - 17th July with American Todd Hamilton heading to Scotland as the defending Champion having won at Troon in 2004.
It was Tiger Woods who was out of the blocks the quickest on Thursday with a 66 to leave him -6 and one shot clear of the field as he began his bid for his second Open Championship win. He was one clear of the Australian Mark Hensby who himself was one clear of a large group that included Luke Donald, Fred Couples and Retief Goosen who were all looking dangerous.
Woods followed up his 66 with a 67 in the 2nd round to put him well in charge of the tournament with a four shot lead of his nearest rival. That rival was Colin Montgomorie who shot an excellent 66 on Friday to leave him on -7 heading into the weekend. We also said an emotional goodbye to Jack Nicklaus who failed to make the cut on +3 in his last ever British Open to cap an excellent first couple of days at St Andrews.
Round 3 saw the Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal make a move up the leader board after he shot a fine 68 to move into second place two shots behind the leader, Tiger Woods. Woods was solid on Saturday if not spectacular but he maintained his lead with a 71 to leave himself two clear heading into the final round.
The final round saw Olazabal slip down the leader board with a 74 to leave Tiger Woods yet again at the top of the tree to claim his second British Open crown. Tiger himself shot a -2 round of 70 to finish up on -14 to win by five shots. Colin Montogomorie came in second with a solid 72 but no one was able to match Tiger Woods all week and he was the inevitable winner.
2005 British Open Champion - Tiger Woods
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