Tiger Woods talks of his emotional British Open triumph

Tiger Woods etched his name deeper into the record books, putting together an error-free final round to beat Chris DiMarco by two shots and take home the Claret Jug by winning the 2006 British Open.

The victory is the 11th major title for Woods, who bounced back from the loss of his father, Earl, as well as a tough U.S. Open which saw him miss a cut for the first time in a major. Here's what Woods had to say following his victory at Royal Liverpool.

Tiger Woods

Question: Can you talk about the emotion on 18, with Steve Williams there? Did that surprise you that you let it out, let loose like that?

TIGER WOODS: Yeah, I've never done that. You know me. So it's just I guess all the things that we've gone through of late and I guess I'm kind of the one who bottles things up a little bit and moves on, tries to deal with things in my own way.
But at that moment it just came pouring out and of all the things that my father has meant to me and the game of golf, and I just wish he could have seen it one more time. I was pretty bummed out after not winning The Masters, because I knew that was the last major he was ever going to see. And finally to get this one, and it's just unfortunate that he wasn't here to see it.

Q. Do you think the U.S. Open was an unfair test, and after that because you had not played for so long, did you think, I have to prove something to anybody or even to yourself?

TIGER WOODS: Well, the U.S. Open was not an unfair test. That is the hardest Open venue we play. It's just hard. I had plenty of time, nine weeks. I had plenty of time to get ready for it; I just did not execute and I did not play well and subsequently I was only there for two days.

Q. Can you talk about the genesis of your strategy to not hit driver this week? You had said that you didn't know much about this course.

TIGER WOODS: As I was playing the golf course, I would hit a couple of drives, and the driver would go 350, 370 yards. How can you control that out here? You can't control that. The fairways become they're hard enough to hit as it is, and you add driver and they go that far, now how hard is it to hit? So I just felt in the end if you stayed out of the bunkers this entire week and had just a decent week on the greens, I felt that I would be in contention on the back nine.

Q. In light of some of the comments you made particularly about your late father, does this mean more to you than the titles you won at St. Andrews?

TIGER WOODS: Absolutely no doubt about it. Basically to win your first tournament after my father had passed away, and for it to be a major championship, it makes it that much more special. And mom was watching, I'm sure she was bawling her eyes out, like she can. So it's going to be an awful lot of fun for me to go back home and see mom and share this with her.

Transcripts provided by ASAP Sports.

July 25, 2006

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