And, just as when he broke onto the world scene with his 12-shot winning margin at the Masters, and just like his 15-shot victory in the US Open at Pebble Beach earlier this year, his win at the home of golf was studded with records. Youngest grand slammer; biggest Open margin; lowest score with 19-under par. Many here today feel that, while the competition was over bar the shouting last night, it has been a privilege to see history in the making.
David Duval had put some good early pressure on the Tiger on the front nine, but his round faded then crashed in humiliation on the Road Hole, as he took four from the bunker to card a quadruple bogey 8. Woods, playing percentage golf right to the end, also dropped a shot on the 17th, but it scarcely marred his dazzling display this week.
We'll be reporting with full analysis over the coming hours and days, but for now it's hats off to Tiger, who's contending for the title of greatest golfer ever to walk this earth.
Woods, USA, -19 Els, RSA, -11 Bjorn, DEN, -11 Lehmann, USA, -10 Toms, USA, -10
More to follow later....