Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tiger Issues Open Warning after Angel Ends His Major Duck

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tiger Issues Open Warning after Angel Ends His Major Duck

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TIGER WOODS, beaten in a dramatic finish to the US Open by Argentina's Angel Cabrera, today revealed he is cutting his preparations for The Open Championship to a minimum.

With his wife Elin expecting their first child next month, Woods is determined to put family ahead of golf despite his disappointment at failing to rise to Cabrera's challenge at Oakmont near Pittsburgh.

The American world No1 usually gets his game in gear for links golf by playing a number of practice rounds in Ireland.

This year, however, he said: "I'm only going over for The Open." Woods, 31, may even miss the third major of the year, which begins at Carnoustie in Scotland on 19 July, if it coincides with Elin giving birth.

Should that happen, he will have until the USPGA Championship in August to brood on the fact that all his 12 major victories have come while he was leading or tied for the lead going into the final round. He is now winless in 29 majors when, as at Oakmont, he trailed the leader after 54 holes.

"I haven't got it done," said Woods.

"I put myself there and haven't got it done. But Angel played a beautiful final round of golf." After Cabrera posted a final-round 69 to set thewinning four-round target at five-over-par 285, neither Woods nor fellow former US Open champion Jim Furyk could respond and they finished tied for second, one shot in arrears.

Sweden's Niclas Fasth was fourth on seven-over while Nick Dougherty benefitted from the late collapses suffered by Justin Rose and Paul Casey to finish top British player in seventh place on 10- over. Dougherty, the first round leader, said: "I have competed against the best and I'm chuffed." But not as chuffed as Cabrera, the former caddie nicknamed El Pato (The Duck) for his waddle-like walk.

The stocky 37-year-old, HOW THEY 285 Angel Cabrera 286 Jim Furyk & Tiger 287 Niclas Fasth 289 David Toms & (US) 290 John Kelly & Scott (US, Nick Dougherty 291 Justin Rose & Paul Stephen Ames ranked 44 in the world, becomes only the second Argentine player to claim a major after Roberto de Vincenzo's 1967 Open triumph at Hoylake. …

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