His win came in the first year the tournament was determined by medal rather than match play.
"The last three holes, I knew I had a two-shot lead," the 78-year-old said Tuesday. "I didn't step on my big toe and make any bogeys. I parred the last three, nothing heroic."
He also was captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1977, two years before all of Europe was included with the British.
OLYMPIC DREAM: If it were up to Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk , golfers would be going for the gold. "Having golf an Olympic sport is exponentially more important to the game of golf than the majors," Mickelson said. "The reason for that is it would bring in 168 different countries and their Olympic foundation and all those revenues, and that would be going toward the growth of the game."
Heads of the PGA, LPGA and European tours; the USGA; and the Royal & Ancient met in May with IOC President Jacques Rogge , making the case for golf in the Olympics.
The earliest the sport could be in the Olympics would be 2016. Mickelson and Furyk would be 46 then; Tiger Woods would be 40.
Furyk drew a line between pros and amateurs competing.
"I want to watch the (Olympic sports) where basically professionals aren't playing," he said. "Where that is the absolute pinnacle of their career and they had to wait four years for this one moment and they go out and they perform -- break a world record, win a gold medal -- and they were able to perform on the spot."
TIGER SPEAKS: Woods can ride a stationary bike during his slow recovery from season-ending knee surgery, and he said he can move around enough to start putting if he wanted to.
But he doesn't want to.
"I have absolutely no interest," he told ESPN Radio. "I'm not competing until next year, so I've got another five months to kill."
He's not much interested in watching golf, either.
Woods said he only saw the last two holes of the British Open and added he probably won't watch any of the PGA Championship.
WRONG SPORT: Atlanta Falcons quarterback Joey Harrington hasn't had much success in the NFL. Maybe he should try golf.
He had two holes-in-one in two weeks in June at Druid Hills Golf Club in suburban Atlanta on the 132-yard, par-3 sixth.
His distant cousin is Padraig Harrington , who won his second consecutive British Open in July.