The Way I See It, we witnessed the greatest golfer in the history of the game this past Sunday morning when Tiger Woods won his 11th major title, the 135th British Open at Royal Liverpool. This youngster, now 30, is phenomenal and will erase the Jack Nicklaus record of 18 majors should he maintain good health and stay free of accidents. The two golfers (Colin Montgomerie and John Daly) whom I was hoping had a chance at the Claret Jug didn't make the cut, so I had hopes that Jim Furyk would put a good game together. Fact is - he did, but Tiger who has never lost after leading through the first 36 holes wasn't going to allow this major tournament to end that trend. Not when he was playing with so much emotion that burst forth after the 18th hole Sunday. It was evident Tiger loved and missed his dad who died of cancer this past May. You've got to respect that in a player even if he's not your favorite, which in my case he isn't. He is the best player in the world, however.
Chris DiMarco and Ernie Els made the Open somewhat interesting, but Tiger was focused and when he's in his groove no one is better, now or in the past. DiMarco also played with a passion having lost his mother in July, but in the end it was Woods who combined talent, skill and focus when it counted.
Woods will return to the states $1,338,480 richer. That pushes his career earnings at over $60-million. He now has 49 career victories.
I read that he used his driver on only one occasion during the back nine of one of the rounds. That takes talent and smarts. Something this professional has shown throughout his career. He's not the most personable guy on the links or fan friendly, but the guy can flat-out play. He's the best I've ever witnessed on the links and I wish him well.