2005 British Open Winner and Scores

The 2005 British Open was 134th time the tournament was played. Tiger Woods won it for the second time, and Jack Nicklaus played it for the last time.

Winner: Tiger Woods, 274

Where it was played: The Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland

Tournament dates: July 14-17, 2005

Leader after first round: Tiger Woods, 66

Leader after second round: Tiger Woods, 133

Leader after third round: Tiger Woods, 204

What Happened at the 2005 Open Championship

The R&A moved The Old Course up in the rota a couple years for a very special reason: The 2005 British Open was Jack Nicklaus' last, and he wanted to go out at the Home of Golf.

Nicklaus, 65 years old when this tournament was played, wasn't able to make the cut. But he did give the throngs gathered on No. 18 in the second round — a huge crowd that included many of the golfers who had already completed their play for the day — a thrill. Nicklaus went out with a birdie, rolling in an 18-footer to huge roars.

It ended a remarkable career in the Open. Although Nicklaus won the British Open fewer times than any of the other majors — "only" three wins — he was seemingly always in contention in his prime. He finished second a record seven times. In one 15-year stretch (1966 through 1980), Nicklaus never finished lower than sixth in a British Open: three wins, six 2nds, two 3rds, one 4th, one 5th and one 6th.

Like the previous time (2000) the championship was played at St. Andrews, Tiger Woods was the champion in 2005. And like the previous time, he won by a wide margin, this time by five strokes. Woods opened 66-67 in the first two rounds, played solidly on the weekend, and was never really challenged.

It was a wire-to-wire win for Woods, and was his 10th career win in a major championship to this point. It also completed the Career Grand Slam a second time for Woods (meaning he had won all four of the professional majors at least twice each). At age 29, Woods was the first golfer to reach 10 career majors and a second Career Grand Slam before turning 30. Woods and Nicklaus are the only golfers to complete the career slam more than once.

2005 British Open Final Scores

Tiger Woods 66-67-71-70—274
Colin Montgomerie 71-66-70-72—279
Fred Couples 68-71-73-68—280
Jose Maria Olazabal 68-70-68-74—280
Geoff Ogilvy 71-74-67-69—281
Sergio Garcia 70-69-69-73—281
Retief Goosen 68-73-66-74—281
Bernhard Langer 71-69-70-71—281
Michael Campbell 69-72-68-72—281
Vijay Singh 69-69-71-72—281
Graeme McDowell 69-72-74-67—282
Nick Faldo 74-69-70-69—282
Kenny Perry 71-71-68-72—282
Ian Poulter 70-72-71-69—282
Sean O'Hair 73-67-70-73—283
Nick O'Hern 73-69-71-70—283
David Frost 77-65-72-69—283
Mark Hensby 67-77-69-70—283
Trevor Immelman 68-70-73-72—283
Darren Clarke 73-70-67-73—283
John Daly 71-69-70-73—283
a-Lloyd Saltman 73-71-68-71—283
Scott Drummond 74-71-69-70—284
Tim Clark 71-69-70-74—284
Bart Bryant 69-70-71-74—284
Tom Lehman 75-69-70-70—284
Tadahiro Takayama 72-72-70-70—284
Scott Verplank 68-70-72-74—284
Brad Faxon 72-66-70-76—284
Nick Flanagan 73-71-69-71—284
a-Eric Ramsay 68-74-74-68—284
Richard Green 72-68-72-73—285
Sandy Lyle 74-67-69-75—285
Thomas Levet 69-71-75-71—286
Henrik Stenson 74-67-73-72—286
Simon Dyson 70-71-72-73—286
Ernie Els 74-67-75-70—286
Adam Scott 70-71-70-75—286
Peter Hanson 72-72-71-71—286
Joe Ogilvie 74-70-73-69—286
Hiroyuki Fujita 72-68-74-73—287
Tim Herron 73-72-68-74—287
Simon Khan 69-70-78-70—287
Maarten Lafeber 73-70-67-77—287
Soren Hansen 72-72-66-77—287
KJ Choi 75-68-71-73—287
Stuart Appleby 72-68-72-75—287
Bob Tway 69-71-72-75—287
Tom Watson 75-70-70-72—287
Steve Webster 71-72-71-73—287
Paul McGinley 70-75-73-69—287
Bo Van Pelt 72-67-73-76—288
Justin Leonard 73-71-75-69—288
Robert Allenby 70-68-79-71—288
Luke Donald 68-73-77-70—288
Paul Lawrie 72-71-75-70—288
Fredrik Jacobson 71-70-72-75—288
Thongchai Jaidee 73-68-75-72—288
Miguel Angel Jimenez 69-72-76-71—288
Tino Schuster 68-74-74-73—289
John Bickerton 75-70-71-73—289
Mark Calcavecchia 70-73-73-73—289
Greg Norman 72-71-70-76—289
Phil Mickelson 74-67-72-76—289
a-Edoardo Molinari 70-70-74-75—289
Peter Lonard 68-70-77-75—290
Duffy Waldorf 74-68-81-68—291
David Smail 73-72-69-77—291
Chris DiMarco 75-69-71-76—291
Chris Riley 68-73-75-75—291
Robert Rock 73-71-75-72—291
Pat Perez 72-70-72-77—291
Patrik Sjoland 74-71-76-71—292
Ted Purdy 72-72-77-72—293
S.K. Ho 73-71-72-77—293
Scott Gutschewski 76-69-75-73—293
Steve Flesch 74-70-72-78—294
Rod Pampling 74-71-71-80—296
Graeme Storm 75-70-80-71—296

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