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July 31, 2006
July 31, 2006

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July 31, 2006

2006 British Open
GOLF
  • At 30 and no longer able to turn to his father for advice, Tiger Woods is a man in transition on and off the course. In winning his 11th major, at the British Open, he recaptured his magic touch and provided a glimpse into what's still to come--even as he dedicated his play to Pops

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  • Written off after a meltdown in the mountains, Floyd Landis executed a bold and spectacular turnaround a day later and then cruised to victory

  • FAMOUS? NOT SO MUCH. THEY MAY NEVER MAKE AN ALL-STAR TEAM OR WIN A MAJOR, BUT BY MAKING IT TO THE BIG TIME AND STAYING THERE, TODAY'S JOURNEYMAN JOCKS ARE DOING JUST FINE, THANKS. THESE EIGHT ATHLETES SIT RIGHT SMACK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SALARY SCALE FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE SPORTS. FOR THEM ...

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Who (and what) was good and bad at Royal Liverpool

Tiger Woods
In the aftermath of his father's death and a missed cut at the U.S. Open, Woodsreasserted his dominance in the post-Earl era.

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Saturday
Day 3 featured superb play, including a 65 by Sergio García, a 66 by Jim Furykand a tense showdown between Woods and Ernie Els.

Bad Guys
A group of players who'd had disappointing seasons coming into the Opensurprised the field by performing well: Els (below), García, Retief Goosen,Robert Allenby and Jerry Kelly.

Two-iron
Woods used his all over Royal Liverpool, getting just enough distance whilekeeping the ball in play, possibly doing for the long iron what Todd Hamiltondid for the hybrid at the 2004 Open.

Brown
On TV, Hoylake looked like a Texas muni with a broken sprinkler system, but thehard, fast conditions made for interesting strategic play.

Nick Faldo
He opened with a listless 77, then sparkled in the booth with his wit andstories and insights from his pairing with Woods.

JustinLeonard
With his wife, Amanda, expecting the couple's third child, Leonard pulled outof the Open, the only major he has won (1997), and was in Dallas to see thebirth of son Luke on Sunday.

PhilMickelson
Coming off the disappointment of his U.S. Open meltdown and weeks of intensivepreparation, Phil could not hit the shots he needed.

Sunday
Except for a brief period when Chris DiMarco closed to within a shot, the finalround was one giant anticlimax.

Good Guys
Some players who came in on a roll and were expected to contend for the claretjug had disappointing weeks: Colin Montgomerie (left), David Howell, VijaySingh and Padraig Harrington.

Driver
Tiger took a divot out of the longer-is-always-better school of golf by lettingthe big dog starve while going 18 under par and winning his 11th professionalmajor.

Green
The presumptive color of the game took a backseat during the tournament,showing up only in small random patches that looked strangely out of place.

TNT
The cable net missed the calming voice of Ernie Johnson, whose absencenecessitated an extra helping of Bobby Clampett (above). Calling CharlesBarkley?

TrevorImmelman
With wife Carminita expecting their first child, Immelman rolled the dice anddecided to play, but after his son, Jacob, was born on July 18, he raced homeon the Tour's jet with his tail between his legs.

• For the bestphotos from the British Open go to SI.com/golf.

EIGHT PHOTOSBOB MARTIN (WOODS, FALDO); ROBERT BECK (MICKELSON); FRED VUICH (ELS); JOHN BIEVER (MONTGOMERIE); DARREN CARROLL (LEONARD); DAVID WALBERG (IMMELMAN); PGA TOUR PHOTO SERVICES/WIREIMAGE.COM (CLAMPETT)