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Woods ties tourney record for amateurs

Published Sep. 16, 2005

Tiger Woods finished his second British Open with a 1-under-par 70 Sunday and tied a tournament record for amateurs with a 72-hole total of 281.

Woods had rounds of 75-66-70-70 and ended up 3 under par. His total matched the record set by Iain Pyman of England in 1993 at Royal St. George's.

"It's very satisfying to finally come up with something," Woods said. "It's kind of neat to see the improvement in my game."

As low amateur, Woods won a silver medal.

"I was looking for the claret jug," he joked, referring to the winner's trophy.

Woods, 20, finished ahead of Nick Price, Ben Crenshaw, Craig Stadler, Tom Kite, John Daly and Scott Simpson. Each has won at least one major.

GOLDEN BEAR TO HIBERNATE?: After shooting a 66 in Friday's second round to put himself one shot from the lead, Jack Nicklaus said he "might shoot 150" the next two rounds.

Right you are, Jack.

Nicklaus, 56, started his 35th consecutive British Open with rounds of 69-66 and closed it out in exactly 150 shots _ 77-73 _ for 285. "I played two decent rounds and then faded away to oblivion," he said.

The three-time British Open champion said he probably isn't going to be back soon.

"This may be my last British Open for a while," Nicklaus said. "I think I will be back for St. Andrews in 2000, but I don't know what I'll do about the ones in between."

ANOTHER BARE BRIT: le streaker, wearing only a pair of shoes and carrying a hat, raced down the 18th fairway, beating Tom Lehman to the green.

"It wasn't as good as Wimbledon," said Lehman, alluding to a 23-year-old waitress who streaked the men's final there two weeks ago.

The unidentified man suddenly appeared running down the fairway after Lehman had hit his second shot into the green. He was tackled about 5 yards from the pin by two stewards who tried to cover him up.

"Funny the things you notice," said an official who witnessed the naked run. "After he was tackled, the stewards tried to get the hat out of his hand to cover him up, but he wouldn't let it go."

PROFITABLE VENTURE: Mark McCumber of Jacksonville nearly didn't go to the British Open.

He has an injured right shoulder that will require surgery and had trouble getting a flight to England, waiting two days _ and enduring an emergency landing in Farmingdale, N.Y., because of terrible weather.

But his trip paid handsomely when he posted his best Open finish, a tie for second place with Ernie Els. Each won $193,750.

NORMAN MAKES CHARGE: Two-time British Open champ Greg Norman made five birdies and an eagle through his first 11 holes. He eventually shot 67, finishing in a tie for seventh place at 277.

"Believe it or not, I thought I had a chance when I birdied No. 9, and thought if I could shoot 4 or 5 under on the back nine it was possible," Norman said. "It would have been difficult, but there is no reason why you should not shoot that."

ODDS WERE WITH HIM: For the record, Lehman was a 1-7 favorite to win after taking a six-stroke lead after three rounds. Faldo was 11-2 by the London bookmakers William Hill, with Els and McCumber _ the runners-up _ at 25-1 and 50-1, respectively.