It was over on Thursday, as Tiger gave a clinic in all phases of the game, quashed any doubts about his swing changes and moved to double digits in major wins.
The embattled Scot put up a good fight at the Old Course and had his best finish (second) at the British. Is he still the best player never to have won a major?
This time the pounds put on Jack. The retiring champ became only the third living person to appear on Scottish currency, and the only nonroyal.
July 24, 2005
The home team fared well, with Monty coming in second and Lloyd Saltman, a native of Craigielaw, finishing 15th and taking the prize for low amateur.
Mr. Grip It and Rip It blew off the champions dinner, saying, "You can't get a jacket and tie on this fat boy," then went out and shot an impressive five under.
Greg Norman, Tom Watson
The two seniors were super, with Watson guiding Nicklaus home, then sticking around to finish one under, while Norman, who'll make his senior debut this week, finished at one over.
The Old Course
The sea; the links; the quirky, strategic course; and that guy with the weird voice who reads the introductions made for a great week of golf.
For the second straight major he started Sunday's round with a chance to win then went backward, this time shooting a 74 and never threatening the leaders.
Playing with Monty on Thursday, Toms's ball moved after he had addressed it. It should've been a one-stroke penalty, but he didn't fess up until the next day, then DQ'd himself.
The best way to lose pounds these days? Bet on the Big Easy in the majors. In three majors so far this year he has failed to finish better than 15th and has only two out of 12 rounds under par.
There were more than 20 of the boys from Down Under in the field, but only Geoff Ogilvy--thanks to a final-round 67--finished better than 15th.
He played well enough tee to green to have given Woods a run but couldn't make a putt. It got so bad that he switched back and forth from cross-handed to standard grip in an effort to make anything.
Phil Mickelson, Sergio García
Other than a second-round 67, Phil was miserable, finishing 60th, while Sergio generally played well but faded on Sunday with a disappointing 73.
The Old Course
The wind and weather were never really a factor, which meant guys were driving par-4s as if they were at a pitch-and-putt and scoring like Wilt Chamberlain in Hershey, Pa.
341.5 Average length in yards of Tiger Woods's drives at St. Andrews, the highest in the field.