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2008 U.S. Open

Recap and Scores for the 2008 U.S. Open Golf Tournament

tiger woods at the 2008 us open
Tiger Woods lets out a scream after sinking the putt on the 72nd hole that forced a playoff against Rocco Mediate.
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The 2008 U.S. Open was played at Torrey Pines, site of a PGA Tour even every year, and a PGA Tour event that Tiger Woods had won six times entering this tournament. So everyone expected Woods to win - and he did. But not in the way everyone expected.

Woods didn't dominate; instead, he was matched stroke-for-stroke by veteran journeyman Rocco Mediate. Lee Westwood was in the mix, too, until the final green of the fourth round.

Woods had knee surgery several months before the 2008 U.S. Open and missed an earlier part of the PGA Tour season. At Torrey Pines this week, Woods was in obvious pain on many shots, grimacing as a result of those knee problems. But playing on a course he loves, Woods kept grinding.

Woods held the lead after three rounds of play, standing at 3-under. Westwood was second, one stroke behind, and Mediate was in third place, two behind Tiger.

Mediate carded the best fourth-round score of the three with a 71. Playing one group ahead of Woods and Westwood, Mediate got into the clubhouse at 1-under 283. As Woods and Westwood teed off No. 18, they each trailed Mediate by one stroke.

Both Woods and Westwood had birdie putts to tie Mediate. Westwood's 15-footer didn't fall; Woods' 12-footer did. And that sent Woods and Mediate into a Monday playoff.

That playoff was a David-and-Goliath affair: Mediate, 45 years old, years of injury problems, five career PGA Tour wins, no majors. Woods, 32 years old, 64 career PGA Tour wins, 13 majors. Woods had his own injury issues in this tournament, but they hadn't stopped him from forcing the playoff.

In the middle of the 18-hole playoff, it appeared that Woods might do what everyone expected: run away from Mediate. Tiger led by three after 10 holes. But Mediate reeled Woods back in, evening the score after the 14th, and then taking a 1-stroke lead on the 15th. On the 18th tee, Woods again found himself trailing Mediate by one.

But once again, Woods birdied the 18th hole, which, coupled with Mediate's par, left them tied again. So it was on to a sudden-death playoff. Woods and Mediate started on the No. 7 hole, and that's where Mediate finally cracked, scoring a bogey.

Woods parred the hole, and won the championship. Two days later, Woods announced season-ending knee surgery to repair a torn ACL, and also revealed that he had played the 2008 U.S. Open with stress fractures in his left leg.

For Tiger, the 2008 U.s. Open was his third victory in this championship and his 14th major championship victory.

2008 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 2008 U.S. Open golf tournament played on the par-71 South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, Calif. (x-won playoff; a-amateur):

x-Tiger Woods 72-68-70-73--283 $1,350,000
Rocco Mediate 72-68-70-73--283 $810,000
Lee Westwood 70-71-70-73--284 $491,995
Robert Karlsson 70-70-75-71--286 $307,303
D.J. Trahan 72-69-73-72--286 $307,303
Carl Pettersson 71-71-77-68--287 $220,686
John Merrick 73-72-71-71--287 $220,686
Miguel Angel Jimenez 75-66-74-72--287 $220,686
Heath Slocum 75-74-74-65--288 $160,769
Eric Axley 69-79-71-69--288 $160,769
Brandt Snedeker 76-73-68-71--288 $160,769
Camilo Villegas 73-71-71-73--288 $160,769
Geoff Ogilvy 69-73-72-74--288 $160,769
Stewart Cink 72-73-77-67--289 $122,159
Retief Goosen 76-69-77-67--289 $122,159
Rod Pampling 74-70-75-70--289 $122,159
Ernie Els 70-72-74-73--289 $122,159
Phil Mickelson 71-75-76-68--290 $87,230
Chad Campbell 77-72-71-70--290 $87,230
Ryuji Imada 74-75-70-71--290 $87,230
Brandt Jobe 73-75-69-73--290 $87,230
Sergio Garcia 76-70-70-74--290 $87,230
Mike Weir 73-74-69-74--290 $87,230
Robert Allenby 70-72-73-75--290 $87,230
Hunter Mahan 72-74-69-75--290 $87,230
Adam Scott 73-73-75-70--291 $61,252
Boo Weekley 73-76-70-72--291 $61,252
Anthony Kim 74-75-70-72--291 $61,252
Bart Bryant 75-70-78-69--292 $48,482
a-Michael Thompson 74-73-73-72--292  
Steve Stricker 73-76-71-72--292 $48,482
Patrick Sheehan 71-74-74-73--292 $48,482
Jeff Quinney 79-70-70-73--292 $48,482
Scott Verplank 72-72-74-74--292 $48,482
Aaron Baddeley 74-73-71-74--292 $48,482
Pat Perez 75-73-75-70--293 $35,709
Daniel Chopra 73-75-75-70--293 $35,709
Padraig Harrington 78-67-77-71--293 $35,709
Jonathan Mills 72-75-75-71--293 $35,709
Justin Leonard 75-72-75-71--293 $35,709
Andres Romero 71-73-77-72--293 $35,709
Todd Hamilton 74-74-73-72--293 $35,709
Joe Ogilvie 71-76-73-73--293 $35,709
Robert Dinwiddie 73-71-75-74--293 $35,709
Stuart Appleby 69-70-79-75--293 $35,709
Jim Furyk 74-71-73-75--293 $35,709
Oliver Wilson 72-71-74-76--293 $35,709
Jarrod Lyle 75-74-74-71--294 $23,985
John Rollins 75-68-79-72--294 $23,985
Matt Kuchar 73-73-76-72--294 $23,985
Dustin Johnson 74-72-75-73--294 $23,985
Tim Clark 73-72-74-75--294 $23,985
Ben Crane 75-72-77-71--295 $20,251
Soren Hansen 78-70-76-71--295 $20,251
Kevin Streelman 68-77-78-72--295 $20,251
Martin Kaymer 75-70-73-77--295 $20,251
Davis Love III 72-69-76-78--295 $20,251
Stephen Ames 74-74-77-71--296 $20,251
Rory Sabbatini 73-72-75-76--296 $20,251
Nick Watney 73-75-77-72--297 $17,691
a-Rickie Fowler 70-79-76-72--297  
Alastair Forsyth 76-73-74-74--297 $17,691
Brett Quigley 73-72-77-75--297 $17,691
David Toms 76-72-72-77--297 $17,691
John Mallinger 73-75-78-72--298 $16,514
Vijay Singh 71-78-76-73--298 $16,514
Paul Casey 79-70-76-73--298 $16,514
Trevor Immelman 75-73-72-78--298 $16,514
a-Derek Fathauer 73-73-78-75--299  
D.A. Points 74-71-77-77--299 $15,778
Andrew Dresser 76-73-79-72--300 $15,189
Andrew Svoboda 77-71-74-78--300 $15,189
Woody Austin 72-72-77-79--300 $15,189
Jesper Parnevik 77-72-77-75--301 $14,306
Ian Leggatt 72-76-76-77--301 $14,306
Justin Hicks 68-80-75-78--301 $14,306
Ross Mcgowan 76-72-78-77--303 $13,718
Rich Beem 74-74-80-76--304 $13,276
Chris Kirk 75-74-78-77--304 $13,276

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