Records Tumble As Woods Victorious

The inevitable happened as Woods won the British Open by a record margin from Els and Bjorn

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Sun, 23 Jul 2000

The R&A must have been tempted to engrave the old Claret Jug as long ago as Friday, and they wouldn't have been wrong. Tiger Woods, world number one and endless record-breaker, has just become the youngest player ever to win the grand slam of all four major events.

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

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