Tiger Woods provided an imperious display of strategic links golf to mark the return of Hoylake as host of The Open for the first time in 39 years.
He led from Friday morning onwards but never ran away from the field. Sergio Garcia had a 65, including an eagle two at the second, to join DiMarco and Els just one adrift with a round to play.
It was DiMarco, just as at the 2005 Masters, who pushed Woods hardest in the final round and it took three birdies in a row from the 14th for Woods to finally shake off his compatriot.
A closing 67 gave him a two-stroke victory, with Els third and Garcia dropping to joint-fifth. Woods, the first Champion to defend successfully since Tom Watson in 1983, showed his emotions on the 18th green. His father, Earl, had died two months earlier.
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