A look back at Sunday's final round of the British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews:
Tiger Woods (72) went back to his old Scotty Cameron putter and took just 27 putts after averaging 33 in the first three rounds with a Nike Method. But his ball-striking was shaky; he hit just 10 greens in regulation on his favorite golf course in the world. It has been nine straight majors without a Woods victory, approaching his winless streaks of 10 from 1997 to 1999 (youth) and from 2002 to 2004 (swing changes).
The major-less pursuers headed into Sunday’s final round were Lee Westwood, Henrik Stenson, Paul Casey and Martin Kaymer. But none played with urgency. Westwood (70) didn’t make a birdie until No. 9. Stenson (71) made 17 pars. Casey (75) had a back nine 40. And Kaymer (74) made five bogeys on the back nine. The European foursome now has a combined 23 top-10s in majors, including 15 since 2008.
Few American flags flew on the leader board Sunday. The top two U.S. finishers, Sean O’Hair and Nick Watney, tied for seventh place. It was only the second time since 1959 (when only three Americans were in the field) that the United States failed to place a player in the top six. Foreign players have won nine of the last 14 majors. It is the worst stretch for the United States since 1992-94, when foreign players claimed eight of 10 majors.