2006 Open Championship
|Dates||20–23 July 2006|
|Course(s)||Royal Liverpool Golf Club|
|Organized by||The R&A|
Japan Golf Tour
|Length||7,258 yards (6,637 m)|
|Field||156 players, 71 after cut|
The 2006 Open Championship was a men's major golf championship and the 135th Open Championship, played from 20 to 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
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 De Vicenzo (1967).
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Lengths of the course for previous Opens (since 1947):
- 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
1. First 10 and anyone tying for 10th place in the 2005 Open Championship
Michael Campbell (3,4,9,17), Fred Couples (3,17), Sergio García (3,4,13), Retief Goosen (3,4,9,13,17), Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie (3,4), Geoff Ogilvy (3,9), José María Olazábal (3,4), Vijay Singh (3,11,13,17), Tiger Woods (2,3,9,10,13,17)
2. Past Open Champions aged 65 or under on 23 July 2006
Seve Ballesteros, Mark Calcavecchia (21), Ben Curtis, John Daly, David Duval, Ernie Els (3,4), Nick Faldo, Todd Hamilton, Paul Lawrie, Tom Lehman (3), Sandy Lyle, Mark O'Meara, Tom Watson (26)
- Eligible but not competing: Ian Baker-Finch, Tony Jacklin, Justin Leonard (13,17), Johnny Miller, Greg Norman, Nick Price, Bill Rogers, Tom Weiskopf
3. The first 50 players on the OWGR for Week 22, 2006
Robert Allenby, Stephen Ames (12), Stuart Appleby (17), Thomas Bjørn (4), Bart Bryant (13), Ángel Cabrera (4,5,17), Chad Campbell (13), Paul Casey (6), K. J. Choi, Stewart Cink (17), Tim Clark (17), Darren Clarke (4), Ben Crane (13), Chris DiMarco (13,17), Luke Donald (4,13), Jim Furyk (9,13,17), Lucas Glover, Pádraig Harrington (13), Tim Herron, David Howell (4,5), Miguel Ángel Jiménez (4), Brandt Jobe, Zach Johnson, Shingo Katayama (22), Davis Love III (13,17), Paul McGinley (4), Phil Mickelson (10,11,13,17), Arron Oberholser (14), Nick O'Hern (17,19), Rod Pampling (14), Kenny Perry (13,17), Carl Pettersson, Rory Sabbatini (14), Adam Scott (12,13,17,19), Henrik Stenson (4), Scott Verplank (13,17), Mike Weir (10,17)
7. First 2 European Tour members and any European Tour members tying for 2nd place, not exempt, in a cumulative money list taken from all official European Tour events from the British Masters up to and including the Open de France and including The U.S. Open
John Bickerton, Robert Karlsson
9. The U.S. Open Champions for 2002–06
10. The Masters Champions for 2002–06
14. First 3 and anyone tying for 3rd place, not exempt, in the top 20 of the Official Money List of the PGA Tour for 2006 on completion of the FedEx St. Jude Classic
15. First 2 PGA Tour members and any PGA Tour members tying for 2nd place, not exempt, in a cumulative money list taken from the Players Championship and the five PGA Tour events leading up to and including the 2006 Western Open
Billy Andrade, J. J. Henry
16. The leading player, not exempt having applied (15) above, in the first 10 and ties of each of the 2006 Buick Championship, the 2006 Western Open and the 2006 John Deere Classic
Mathew Goggin, Hunter Mahan, John Senden
19. First 2 and anyone tying for 2nd place on the Order of Merit of the PGA Tour of Australasia for 2005
21. The Canadian Open Champion for 2005
22. The Japan Open Champion for 2005
25. First 2 and anyone tying for 2nd place, not exempt having applied (24) above, in a cumulative money list taken from all official Japan Golf Tour events from the 2006 Japan PGA Championship up to and including the 2006 Mizuno Open
Toshinori Muto, Hideto Tanihara
26. The Senior Open Champion for 2005
International Final Qualifying
- Africa: Warren Abery, Thomas Aiken, Bruce Vaughan, Ross Wellington
- Australasia: Adam Bland, Ben Bunny, Bradley Hughes, Michael Wright
- Asia: Shiv Kapur, Jarrod Lyle, Unho Park
- America: Aaron Baddeley, Steve Elkington, J. B. Holmes, Jerry Kelly, Jeff Maggert, Greg Owen, Tom Pernice Jr., Ted Purdy, Brett Quigley, Vaughn Taylor, Bo Van Pelt, Lee Westwood, Brett Wetterich
- Europe: Jamie Donaldson, Simon Dyson, Richard Green, Peter Hedblom, Søren Kjeldsen, Barry Lane, Sam Little, Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuizen, Mark Pilkington, Phillip Price, Robert Rock, Carlos Rodiles, Marco Ruiz, Brett Rumford, Lee Slattery, Richard Sterne, Simon Wakefield
Local Final Qualifying (Monday 10 July and Tuesday 11 July)
- Conwy (Caernavonshire): Jon Bevan, Warren Bladon, Mikko Ilonen
- Formby: Andrew Marshall, Darren Parris, Jim Payne
- Wallasey: Markus Brier, Gary Day, Daniel Denison (a)
- West Lancashire: Adam Frayne, Gary Lockerbie, Nick Ludwell
The OWGR from 9 July was used to determine alternates. Four alternates gained places in the field:
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 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).
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 a major 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 the 36-hole cut at 143 (−1) or better.
|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|
|Miguel Ángel Jiménez||Spain||67-70=137|
|Mark Calcavecchia||United States||71-68=139|
|Ben Crane||United States||68-71=139|
|Jim Furyk||United States||68-71=139|
|Jerry Kelly||United States||72-67=139|
|Graeme McDowell||Northern Ireland||66-73=139|
|Rory Sabbatini||South Africa||69-70=139|
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.
|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|
|Jim Furyk||United States||68-71-66=205|
|T8||Mark Calcavecchia||United States||71-68-68=207||−9|
|Retief Goosen||South Africa||70-66-72=208|
|Jerry Kelly||United States||72-67-69=208|
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. Woods became the first player since Tom Watson in 1982–83 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 at least a share of 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|
Amateurs: Thorp (E), Molinari (+7).
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- 135th Open Championship - Royal Liverpool (European Tour)
- 2006 Open Championship (PGA of America)