2006 Open Championship

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2006 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 20–23 July 2006
Location Merseyside, England
Course(s) Royal Liverpool Golf Club
Tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Statistics
Par 72[1]
Length 7,258 yards (6,637 m)[1]
Field 156 players, 71 after cut[1]
Cut 143 (–1)[1]
Prize fund £4,000,000
5,797,724
$7,300,000
Winner's share £720,000
€1,045,966
$1,338,480
Champion
United States Tiger Woods
270 (–18)

The 2006 Open Championship was the 135th Open Championship, played from 20–23 July at Royal Liverpool Golf Club. Tiger Woods held off Chris DiMarco, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, and Sergio García for a two-shot victory. The win was his second consecutive Open Championship title and third overall. It was also Woods' first major tournament win since the death of his father, Earl Woods, in May. The purse was £4,000,000, and the winner received £720,000. Using conversion rates at the time of the tournament, the purse was 5,797,724 for the European Tour's Order of Merit rankings and $7,300,000 for the PGA Tour's money list.

History of The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool[edit]

Royal Liverpool first hosted The Open Championship in 1897 and the 2006 Open was the 11th to be held at Royal Liverpool. This was the first Open at Royal Liverpool since 1967, a thirty nine year absence. Royal Liverpool's list of champions includes Harold Hilton (1897), Sandy Herd (1902), Arnaud Massy (1907), John Henry Taylor (1913), 11 time major winner Walter Hagen (1924), seven time major winner and amateur Bobby Jones, Alf Padgham (1936), Fred Daly (1947), Peter Thomson (1956), and Roberto DeVicenzo (1967).

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Tiger Woods  United States 2000, 2005 67 65 71 67 270 –18 1
Ernie Els  South Africa 2002 68 65 71 71 275 –13 3
Mark Calcavecchia  United States 1989 71 68 68 80 287 –1 T41
Tom Watson  United States 1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983 72 70 75 71 288 E T48
David Duval  United States 2001 70 70 78 71 289 +1 T56
Mark O'Meara  United States 1998 71 70 77 73 291 +3 T63
Todd Hamilton  United States 2004 72 71 74 78 295 +7 T68

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
John Daly  United States 1995 72 73 145 +1
Tom Lehman  United States 1996 68 77 145 +1
Ben Curtis  United States 2003 73 73 146 +2
Sandy Lyle  Scotland 1985 73 73 146 +2
Nick Faldo  England 1987, 1990, 1992 77 71 148 +4
Paul Lawrie  Scotland 1999 76 74 150 +6
Seve Ballesteros  Spain 1979, 1984, 1988 74 77 151 +7

Source:[2]

Course layout[edit]

Royal Liverpool Golf Club

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 17 - Royal 454 4 10  8 - Far 534 5
2 18 - Stand 436 4 11  9 - Punch Bowl 393 4
3  1 - Course 429 4 12 10 - Dee 448 4
4  2 - Road 372 4 13 11 - Alps 198 3
5  3 - Long 528 5 14 12 - Hilbre 456 4
6  4 - New 202 3 15 13 - Rushes 161 3
7  5 - Telegraph 453 4 16 14 - Field 554 5
8  6 - Briars 423 4 17 15 - Lake 459 4
9  7 - Dowie 198 3 18 16 - Dun 560 5
Out 3,495 35 In 3,763 37
Total 7,258 72

Lengths of the course for previous Opens (since 1950):[1]

  • 1967: 6,995 yards (6,396 m), par 72
  • 1956: 6,960 yards (6,364 m), par 71
  • 1947: 6,978 yards (6,381 m), par 68[3]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, 20 July 2006

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland was the opening round leader at 66, which broke the course record set by Roberto De Vicenzo in 1967. Defending champion Tiger Woods led a group of five others at 67. There were the 67 rounds under par, with 32 rounds in the 60s, which broke the record of 59 sub-par rounds in the first round of the Open Championship at St Andrews in 1995 (the PGA Tour began keeping records in relation to par in 1956).

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Graeme McDowell  Northern Ireland 66 –6
T2 Tiger Woods  United States 67 –5
Anthony Wall  England
Greg Owen  England
Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain
Keiichiro Fukabori  Japan
T7 Ben Crane  United States 68 –4
Ernie Els  South Africa
Marcus Fraser  Australia
Jim Furyk  United States
Sergio García  Spain
Mark Hensby  Australia
S.K. Ho  South Korea
Mikko Ilonen  Finland
Tom Lehman  United States
Carl Pettersson  Sweden
Brett Rumford  Australia
Adam Scott  Australia
Mike Weir  Canada

Second round[edit]

Friday, 21 July 2006

Tiger Woods stormed into the lead at twelve-under with a 65 (–7), which included an eagle from 209 yards (191 m) on the 14th hole, one of the toughest holes at Royal Liverpool. Ernie Els also shot 65 and was one shot behind Woods, who was 6-0 when leading after 36 holes. Chris DiMarco, whose mother died suddenly of a heart attack 4 July, emerged from his slump with a 65 and was three shots behind at 135 (–9). Seventy one players made 36-hole cut at 143 (–1) or better.

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tiger Woods  United States 67-65=132 –12
2 Ernie Els  South Africa 68-65=133 –11
3 Chris DiMarco  United States 70-65=135 –9
4 Retief Goosen  South Africa 70-66=136 –8
T5 Mikko Ilonen  Finland 68-69=137 –7
Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain 67-70=137
Adam Scott  Australia 68-69=137
8 Robert Rock  England 69-69=138 –6
T9 Robert Allenby  Australia 69-70=139 –5
Ángel Cabrera  Argentina 71-68=139
Mark Calcavecchia  United States 71-68=139
Ben Crane  United States 68-71=139
Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño  Spain 70-69=139
Marcus Fraser  Australia 68-71=139
Jim Furyk  United States 68-71=139
Sergio García  Spain 68-71=139
Jerry Kelly  United States 72-67=139
Graeme McDowell  Northern Ireland 66-73=139
Brett Rumford  Australia 68-71=139
Rory Sabbatini  South Africa 69-70=139
Thaworn Wiratchant  Thailand 71-68=139

Amateurs: Thorp (–2), Molinari (–1), Guerrier (+3), Denison (+10).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, 22 July 2006

Moving day ended with Tiger Woods still holding a one-shot lead, but with three golfers right on his heels. Ernie Els, in the final pairing, matched Woods with an identical 71. Chris DiMarco and Sergio García were also within one shot. García holed out a 9-iron from 167 yards (153 m) for eagle on the second hole, and took only 29 shots on the outward nine to finish with a seven-under 65.

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tiger Woods  United States 67-65-71=203 –13
T2 Chris DiMarco  United States 70-65-69=204 –12
Ernie Els  South Africa 68-65-71=204
Sergio García  Spain 68-71-65=204
T5 Ángel Cabrera  Argentina 71-68-66=205 –11
Jim Furyk  United States 68-71-66=205
7 Hideto Tanihara  Japan 72-68-66=206 –10
T8 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 71-68-68=207 –9
Adam Scott  Australia 68-69-70=207
T10 Robert Allenby  Australia 69-70-69=208 –8
Retief Goosen  South Africa 70-66-72=208
Jerry Kelly  United States 72-67-69=208
Peter Lonard  Australia 71-69-68=208
Greg Owen  England 67-73-68=208
Andrés Romero  Argentina 70-70-68=208

Final round[edit]

Sunday, 23 July 2006

Woods fought off three of the best golfers in the world to win his third Open Championship title. While Els and García faded, DiMarco made a gritty rally to close with a 68 for a solo runner-up finish, two strokes back. After the clinching putt, Woods buried his head in the shoulder of caddie Steve Williams and sobbed uncontrollably, having won his first major since the passing of his father Earl Woods two months earlier. On the way to victory, Woods hit 86 percent of fairways and tied the lowest Open Championship score of 270. Woods became the first player since Tom Watson in 198283 to win golf's oldest championship in consecutive years. Woods improved his perfect record in majors to 11-0 when entering the final round with the lead.

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Tiger Woods  United States 67-65-71-67=270 –18 720,000
2 Chris DiMarco  United States 70-65-69-68=272 –16 430,000
3 Ernie Els  South Africa 68-65-71-71=275 –13 275,000
4 Jim Furyk  United States 68-71-66-71=276 –12 210,000
T5 Sergio García  Spain 68-71-65-73=277 –11 159,500
Hideto Tanihara  Japan 72-68-66-71=277
7 Ángel Cabrera  Argentina 71-68-66-73=278 –10 128,025
T8 Carl Pettersson  Sweden 68-72-70-69=279 –9 95,350
Andrés Romero  Argentina 70-70-68-71=279
Adam Scott  Australia 68-69-70-72=279

Amateurs: Thorp (E), Molinari (+7).

Source:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 23, 203. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "2006 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Set par of 68 for British Open". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. 30 June 1947. p. 9. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2006 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
2006 PGA Championship

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