Woods with caddie Steve Williams on July 23
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07/24/2006 AT 08:35 AM EDT
Tiger Woods was moved to tears Sunday after winning the British Open – his first major victory since the May 3 death of his beloved father, Earl.
"I miss my dad so much," Woods told reporters after his win. "I wish he could have seen this one last time."
After he sank his final putt and exclaimed, "Yes!" Woods hugged his caddie, Steve Williams, and, sobbing openly, embraced wife Elin Nordegren.
Earl Woods, who had guided his son through every major stage of Woods's incredible career, had passed away after a long bout with cancer.
"He was out there today, keeping me calm," Woods, 30, said of his late father on Sunday. "I had a very calm feeling the entire week, especially today."
Woods continued, "He would have been very proud. He was always on my case about thinking my way around the golf course and not letting emotions get the better of you."
But his emotions clearly caught up to Woods once the game was over. "I'm kind of one who bottles things up a little bit and moves on, tries to deal with things in my own way," he explained. "But at that moment it all came pouring out and all the things my father has meant to me and the game of golf."