Tiger Woods Nabs 12th Major Championship
08/21/2006 AT 08:45 AM EDT
One month after his victory at the British Open, where he sobbed on his caddie's shoulder in memory of his late father, Woods became the first player in history to win at least two majors in consecutive years.
"It wasn't the same as Hoylake" – where Woods was an emotional wreck – "maybe just because I was in contention to win a major after my dad passed," Woods said. "It was just a totally different feeling."
Woods, who surpassed Walter Hagen's 11 victories to earn his place as second in the major championship list, is now one step closer to Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 majors.
"It took Jack 20 years to get his. It is not something I can do tomorrow," Woods told reporters. "It is going to take a career. I just got to keep plugging away."
Asked about his father, who died of cancer in May, Woods offered a warm smile and a wisecrack about Pop's first lesson, reports the Associated Press. "I kept saying all day, 'Just putt to the picture.' That's how I first learned how to putt," Woods said. "He actually knew what he was talking about."
Woods, 30, rolled in four birdies on the front nine including two 40-footers to finish at 18-under par 270 at the Medinah Country Club course. His prize: $1.22 million and the Wanamaker Trophy.
Shaun Micheel was the closest challenger Sunday, finishing second after shooting a three-under 69 for 13-under 275. But as Micheel said of Woods: "He's just too good. Unless you're at the top of your game, you just can't play with him."