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Tiger Woods' US Open Wins

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Tiger Woods Wins the 2008 US Open
Tiger Woods - 2008 U.S. Open - Fourth Round
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Tiger Woods was the overwhelming favorite entering the U.S. Open. He was on a hot streak, having won three of his previous five tournaments. And the event was played at Torrey Pines, where Woods had previously won six other PGA Tour events.

And Woods didn't disappoint, taking a 1-stroke lead into the final round. But journeyman Rocco Mediate wouldn't go away in the final round. In fact, Mediate had a one-stroke lead over Woods as Wood reached the 72nd hole.

The photo above shows what happened: Woods rolled in a birdie putt to tie Mediate and force an 18-hole playoff.

And again, Mediate wouldn't go away. He and Woods see-sawed the lead several times during the playoff, with Tiger twice taking 3-stroke leads but Mediate coming back each time.

Again, they were tied at the end of regulation, and so continued to a 19th hole. And that's where Woods finally won, with a par on the first sudden-death hole.

A few days later it was revealed that Woods had been playing with a torn ACL ligament and stress fractures in his right leg. He underwent season-ending surgery shortly thereafter.

Top 5 at the 2008 U.S. Open
Tiger Woods, 72-68-70-73--283
Rocco Mediate, 69-71-72-71--283
Lee Westwood, 70-71-70-73--284
Robert Karlsson, 70-70-75-71--286
D.J. Trahan, 72-69-73-72--286
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