This Day In Sports History (July 17th) — Tiger Woods

tiger woods 2005 british open

It was on this day in 2005 that Tiger Woods won the British Open Championship.  It was Woods’ second British Open victory, and the 10th Major victory of his career.

The tournament opened on July 14th at The Old Course at St. Andrews.  Woods opened up with a 6-under 66 in the first round, giving him an early one-stroke lead over Mark Hensby of Australia.  Woods increased his lead in the second round, as he shot five-under and went to 11-under for the tournament, which was four strokes better than Colin Montgomerie.  His lead decreased to only two-strokes over José María Olazábal and three stokes over Montgomerie after shooting a 71 in the third round, but his final round of 70 would help him hold off Monty, as he finished the tournament at 14-under par.

With the win, Tiger became just the second golfer to win each Major more than once (Jack Nicklaus is the other).  He would go on to win his third British Open the following year, but he has been unable to win one ever since.  He’ll be looking to change that this year when the 2013 British Open kicks off on Thursday at the Muirfield.

Here are some highlights from Tiger’s 2005 British Open Championship performance.

Notable Birthdays

Don Kessinger, MLB – Born on July 17, 1942 (age 71) in Forrest City, Arkansas

Bryan Trottier, NHL – Born on July 17, 1956 (age 57) in Val Marie, Saskatchewan

Adam Lind, MLB – Born on July 17, 1983 (age 30) in Muncie, Indiana

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