2006 Open Championship

2006 Open Championship

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2006 Open Championship

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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

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).


Round-by-round summary

First round (Thursday)

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland is alone in the lead after an opening round 66. McDowell's 66 broke the course record set by Roberto De Vicenzo in 1967. Defending champ Tiger Woods leads a group of five other golfers at 67. There...
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