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To some, it was a biggest 72nd-hole putt in a vital championship, a connection of events that were surreal and nonetheless customary for Woods. Still, a spin that bounced along a green, hold a corner and forsaken in for a birdie did not even win a 2008 U.S. Open for Woods.
Despite Woods’ overjoyed jubilee and a lament that ensued around Torrey Pines Golf Course, all it meant was survival, with an agonizing playoff a subsequent day opposite Rocco Mediate.
The unpleasant preface to all that was a well-kept secret, as Woods could hardly travel in a weeks heading adult to a contest he had been indicating toward for years.
Now, 10 years private from what surprisingly incited out to be a final of Woods’ 14 vital titles, we spoke to a players, caddies and people who witnessed what unequivocally good competence have been Tiger’s many conspicuous victory.
Where do we begin? Tiger’s lead-up to a 2008 U.S. Open
When a 2008 deteriorate began, Woods had usually distinguished his 32nd birthday and was entrance off a conspicuous 2007 in that he won 7 times, including a 2007 PGA Championship. The run continued into a new calendar year with wins in 4 true tournaments, though finished when he finished fifth during a WGC-CA Championship during Doral.
Two days after finishing second by 3 strokes to Trevor Immelman during a Masters, Woods announced he had arthroscopic medicine on his left knee, portrayed as a elementary procession to correct cartilage damage. It was his third operation on a knee going behind to 1994, and he was approaching to skip a month while he recovered.
When Woods called Hank Haney to tell him about a surgery, it was a initial time a coach, who worked with Tiger from 2004 to 2010, was wakeful of it.
Haney: “The medicine was meant to purify things out, though it finished it a lot worse. It set him back. Now he can’t practice. How in a few weeks is he going to walk? He was going to try and play a Memorial [two weeks before a U.S. Open]. My initial suspicion when we initial saw him was, ‘This isn’t going to happen.'”
When Dr. Thomas Rosenberg, an orthopedic surgeon formed in Park City, Utah, achieved a procedure, he also detected Woods’ maiden cruciate vinculum (ACL) was entirely torn.
Tiger Woods: “I had ruptured my ACL in Jul a prior year, and we played on it with no ACL and my meniscus was just, we was trashing it. My leg was sloppy. we knew we had to go given we had fragments there, though my surgeons were observant that we also have to have a knee reconstructed. And we said, ‘Well, we’ll usually do a cleanup pursuit first,’ given we wanted to play a subsequent 3 vital championships.
“When we came behind [after a procedure], we was doing a print shoot, and we was attack a shot from a downhill distortion and that’s when we burst [the tibia in my left leg]. we was spiteful and we didn’t know what was going on, so we went to get an X-ray initial and that’s when it showed we had that ‘Y’ with a lightning shaft during a bottom of it and we had fractured it. From there, they were observant we was flattering many finished for a year. we said, ‘Ah, we don’t know about that.’ … we was anticipating to get by a majors, have a reconstructive medicine after a PGA, and I’d have 9 months to get prepared for Augusta. But zero worked out that way.”
“It was usually constant. The diagnosis was consistent around a night. we slept on a massage table, we had my knee drained, iced, elevated, worked on, usually perplexing to get as many inflammation out as we could.”
Tiger Woods on personification by pain during a 2008 U.S. Open
Haney: “Tiger did that whole thing where they do a feign name and nobody knows he’s a one removing an MRI. They get a alloy in Orlando to do it. Then Dr. Rosenberg flew in a few days later. He’s explaining about a MRI, it’s on his laptop and he’s display there are dual highlight fractures, as good as a ripped ACL. He’s display us everything, though Tiger is not unequivocally listening. … He’s limping out of a golf transport to go strike 40 golf balls. How are we going to go play in a vital championship in a few weeks?
“Tiger looks adult and says, ‘I’m personification a U.S. Open and I’m going to win.’ Just like that. Then he says, ‘C’mon Hank, let’s go practice.’ The integrity was positively incredible, and clearly I’ll never forget it.”
The significance of personification during Torrey Pines was duplicate for Woods.
Woods: “That was a initial maestro contest we ever went to. My father [Earl] took me to a aged Andy Williams [the PGA Tour eventuality now famous as a Farmers Insurance Open began during Torrey Pines in 1969; from afterwards until 1988, hostess Andy Williams’ name was partial of a contest title]. To me, Torrey Pines, a U.S. Open there, was special given that’s where we schooled about maestro golf. we remember pushing with my father down to Torrey Pines [Woods lived outward of Anaheim], and I’ll never forget examination Andy Bean strike a 1-iron or a 2-iron to a final hole. we remember examination John Cook, Marco [Mark O’Meara], all a SoCal boys. To me, a 2008 U.S. Open during Torrey Pines was like going home. It meant some-more to me.”
Learning to play by a pain
Only 8 days before a start of a U.S. Open, Woods and Haney left Florida and flew to California, where a golfer played 9 holes in a transport during Torrey Pines with no fanfare. He was wearing a knee prop that Rosenberg had given him with instructions to keep a series of balls he was attack to a minimum. Woods and Haney afterwards gathering to Newport Beach to play during Big Canyon Country Club. A Saturday morning spin did not go well.
Haney: “They gave him one of those vast football lineman braces. He’s wearing that thing and perplexing to use and play, though he can’t strike a ball. He played 9 holes and mislaid like any ball. He had 6 or 7 balls and mislaid them all, shot 47 or something. It was terrible. Didn’t even finish a final hole. Some of that was a prop and that was a final day of a brace.”
Woods: “I was still perplexing to figure out how in a ruin we was going to try and play with a knee brace. My knee was apparently relocating all over a place and [the tibia] was shop-worn … so, we played and shot 50-some-odd [score] and then, on a proceed down [to Torrey Pines], we threw it in a rabble and was finished with it. we said, ‘All right, I’m going to have to figure out how to play though a knee prop with this leg.'”
Rob McNamara, clamp boss of Tiger Woods Ventures (TGR): “One thing we could see was he kept perplexing to find a pitch that he could conduct around. The thing he kept entrance behind to was, his brief diversion was still there. He could still putt. He’d strike a few, try to make something, afterwards he’d go to a putting green, chipping green, and that was still perfect. Then it was an awful lot of courage and willpower. Almost any day, we was endangered for him. Once he satisfied he couldn’t harm himself any serve … he motionless he could conduct a pain. It was usually tough to watch.”
Steve Williams, Woods’ caddie from 1999 to 2011: “I had already had a heads-up from Hank Haney. ‘Stevie, Tiger’s got no right to be personification in this tournament.’ I’ll never forget those words. He went out there on a Sunday and we could positively see a annoy he was in. The golf was not of a peculiarity we would design from Tiger Woods. No doubt, he was struggling.”
The USGA motionless for a initial time to organisation several of a tip players formed on their universe ranking, so No. 1-ranked Woods, No. 2 Phil Mickelson and No. 3 Adam Scott were in a same organisation for a initial dual rounds. Mike Davis, afterwards a USGA’s executive of manners and competitions (he is now a arch executive), was dumbfounded when he perceived a phone call a few days before a U.S. Open from Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg.
Davis: “He called me and asked that we not tell anyone, not even others during a USGA. And we never did, though he pronounced Tiger radically had a shop-worn leg. we said, ‘What?’ we walked with his organisation as a manners central a final 3 days and we remember meditative that this guy, from a mental standpoint, is unbelievable.”
Thursday: The initial round
Woods shot 72 to open a tournament, and it was a initial time he had walked 18 holes given a final spin of a Masters. But it was distant some-more engaging than his 1-over bid suggested. He finished dual double-bogeys, finished 4 strokes behind of warn first-round leaders Kevin Streelman and Justin Hicks, and played his final 9 holes though a birdie.
Adam Scott: “If we take yourself behind to that indicate in time, it was a unequivocally opposite set of resources surrounding all of us, and generally in a center of a many extraordinary run of golf we had seen over 10 years. So, it was apparently a heavily approaching opening dual rounds. With Phil, a hometown boy, Tiger from adult a highway though also carrying won Torrey however many times he’d won there, and me going along for a ride.
“Going to a initial tee Thursday was substantially one of a memorable moments in my career; we don’t consider I’ve seen a theatre utterly like it. It was like 25 low a whole hole. … It was some-more like a appetite of a football diversion than teeing off during any golf tournament. There was genuine atmosphere there. Somehow, we strike it in a fairway and Tiger finished double during a first. That calmed me down nicely.”
“I asked him on 3 apart occasions if it was a right thing to lift on. And we got a same respond any time: ‘F— you, Stevie, I’m winning this tournament.’ After 3 times, we wasn’t going to contend it to him again.”
Steve Williams, Woods’ caddie from 1999 to 2011
Phil Mickelson: “I consider [Tiger] started a contest with a double-bogey. It was conspicuous a proceed he fought and stayed in it. When we put yourself that distant behind … it’s usually so tough to make birdies in a U.S. Open, and he started with a double and usually played conspicuous golf on a tough golf course.”
Jim “Bones” Mackay, Mickelson’s longtime caddie: “The shot that altered his whole contest around was during a fourth hole [a 488-yard par-4 that runs together to a Pacific]. It’s substantially a toughest hole on a course. [Tiger is] in a right fairway fort off a tee. The pin is front right, and he hits a 4- or 5-iron to about 5 feet and finished a birdie. we remember thinking, ‘Holy cow, that’s some proceed to right a boat on a hardest hole on a course.’ Of a shots we remember other people attack over a years, that substantially has to be in a tip 5 all time.”
Dottie Pepper, an ESPN radio researcher who walked with a group: “At first, we consider he sheltered his pain unequivocally well, though it got worse. The conspicuous thing, as he started to tell a story, was, if we are doing that many rehab after any spin and any night, we are not sleeping. You don’t get normal nap and how do we never let a doubts climb in?”
Williams: “I consider we asked him on 3 apart occasions if it was a right thing to lift on. And we got a same respond any time: ‘F— you, Stevie, I’m winning this tournament.’ After 3 times, we wasn’t going to contend it to him again.”
Friday: The second round
Woods shot 68, though it started poorly. Along with Mickelson and Scott, he began on a 10th hole and bogeyed dual of his initial three. He got those 2 strokes behind with an eagle during a 13th though finished dual some-more bogeys entrance in. Then he got on a front-side roll, birdieing a initial while personification his second shot from a transport trail and went on to make 4 some-more birdies, trailing personality Stuart Appleby by a shot and in a tie for second with Rocco Mediate and Sweden’s Robert Karlsson.
Mackay: “We had been interconnected with Tiger before when he was hurting, though never like this. we remember him pushing it off a 18th tee and he looked ill given he was in so many pain. It was tough to watch in a sense; and yet, there he was, nearby a tip of a leaderboard. You had so many honour for what he was doing. He had a demeanour like, ‘They are going to have to lift me out of here.'”
Scott: “Tiger, behind then, given he kick us all a time … we didn’t like him that much. The doubter in me pronounced he’s a good showman. Even when he was personification good golf behind in a day, he was milking all to his advantage. Putts that were always a small bit low, he’d lift a dabble and travel out and a throng would be unequivocally into it. He used that to psych out other players. The doubter in me suspicion he was putting it on a bit, though we don’t unequivocally know a border that his leg was damaged. Obviously, like my palm was shop-worn [an damage suffered pre-tournament when it got hold in a automobile door], his leg was and he suspicion he was good adequate to play and he won. He knew what he was doing. He got it around somehow.”
Saturday: A surreal third round
Playing with Karlsson, a 38-year-old European Tour veteran, Woods again finished a double-bogey 6 on a opening hole. He shot 2-over-par 37 for a initial 9 holes. When he bogeyed a 12th, he was 3 over for his spin and 3 strokes behind of Mediate. Then those final 6 holes happened. An eagle during a 13th. A spook during a 14th. With an ungainly distortion beside a fort during a par-4 17th, he chipped in for a birdie. Then, to tip it off, Woods emptied a 60-footer during a 18th for an eagle for a third-round 70.
Woods: “[After a bad start], we was 4 behind and we was overtly perplexing to not have that opening widen. If we could keep it a same, great. If we could slight a gap, even better. And afterwards we make a putt on 13, we spook 14 with a tee shot proceed right, and afterwards 15, that was a one when it unequivocally hurt. There were a integrate of shots where we could feel a bone in my leg break. And a tee shot on 15 was one of them. we felt it crack.
“But we parred 15, parred 16 and afterwards strike it proceed right on 17. we was usually perplexing to get a spin into a left fort and it finished adult on a slope, that was even improved given we could control a shot, and it came out unequivocally hot. If we review my lips, we say, ‘Bite.’ And it one-hopped in. And afterwards 18, we usually attempted to strike a vast slice, directed as distant left as we could. If we get it in play, we knew we could [reach a immature in 2] given they had a tee all a proceed adult and so we knew it would be a 3-wood or 5-wood into a green. And it harm past impact again and we was flattering bruise after 15 and we had to stop for a bit. But we strike a fairway, afterwards strike a 5-wood onto a immature and, lo and behold, we make a bomb.”
Gareth Lord, Karlsson’s caddie: “The putt on a green, we watched a whole thing, and median there, we knew it was in. We came off a course, Robert and we looked during any other … and we went true to a bar and any had a vast Johnnie Walker Blue. That was it. It was about $90 a shot, we guarantee you.”
The final round: ‘The pain … was constant’
Woods was heading a U.S. Open with one spin to play. At a time, no one outward of his center spin knew he was personification with dual highlight fractures in his tibia, a categorical source of his pain, on tip of a ACL issues. Each night, Woods perceived diagnosis from his then-trainer, Keith Kleven, with a suspicion of perplexing to get prepared to play a subsequent day.
Woods, when asked if he ever suspicion he competence not be means to continue: “Not we can’t [go on], but, ‘Boy, this hurts.’ … Whatever backswing we made, whatever downswing we made, a pain usually got me usually after impact. My whole concentration for a week was to substantially try and strike ideal shots given zero was going to stop me from creation peculiarity impact. Now, post impact, we might not be means to travel for a small bit or it might throb, though a impact partial of it we could control. So all my concentration was on creation correct impact, and if it hurt, it hurt.
“Sam [Woods’ daughter, who was days divided from her initial birthday] was there. She had her small wooden bar and she was attack opposite a building and it kept me from meditative about golf. But we could never get myself divided from meditative about a pain. It was usually constant. The diagnosis was consistent around a night. we slept on a massage table, we had my knee drained, iced, elevated, worked on, usually perplexing to get as many inflammation out as we could. Then, we would somehow start activating it in a morning and that was a hardest partial given it was so wobbly. Once we finally got going, it was OK.”
Haney: “I’m not unequivocally certain how to explain it, though it was clear that, given of a injury, it was roughly like, ‘This is a ultimate challenge. This is something that nobody could ever do, though if we could do it, that it would be a biggest towering I’ve ever climbed.’ That proclivity was unequivocally clever for him.”
“Every singular day, unless we don’t leave a house, we get a doubt about it. … It was a many fun I’ve ever had on a golf course, period.”
Rocco Mediate on confronting Tiger Woods in U.S. Open playoff
Tiger led by 1 over Lee Westwood, 2 over Mediate and 3 over Geoff Ogilvy and D.J. Trahan, and played a final spin with Westwood, an Englishman who had climbed behind from descending to 200th in a world. Mediate was in a organisation forward with Ogilvy, a 2006 U.S. Open champion. Once again, Woods doubled a first, afterwards combined a spook during a second to dump 3 shots over dual holes. Woods didn’t explain a share of a lead again until a 11th hole, though he bogeyed a par-5 13th and 15th to dump a shot behind of Mediate.
Mackay: “The strenuous memory we have of that U.S. Open is that Tiger carried so many weight in those days, guys would have difficulty removing over a psychological mound of separating themselves on a leaderboard. we suspicion it was a ultimate week where Tiger’s fable kept a scores low. The fact that 1 underneath finished adult personification off was so intolerable to a lot of us there. It spoke to his legend. The march was gettable. The fairways were not overwhelmingly narrow. The greens were not firm. But no one got divided from Tiger. It’s no disregard to anyone there. You have it or we don’t.”
Westwood: “Sometimes he grimaced, infrequently he didn’t. It was unequivocally on and off. We are utterly pally and we talked all a proceed around and we kept seeking him if he was all right. ‘Not really’ was as distant as he went. we suspicion he had usually pulled a flesh or something; we didn’t consider it was anywhere nearby as bad as we after found out. we suspect that’s Tiger for you.”
Final round, continued: The essential 18th
A birdie during a par-5, 573-yard finishing hole would have all though hermetic a U.S. Open for Mediate, though he could usually conduct a par. That meant Woods indispensable to force an 18-hole playoff and compare Mediate during 283, 1 underneath par. That idea became distant some-more formidable when Woods not usually missed a fairway off a tee and found a fort to a left, though strike a bad layup shot with a 9-iron that missed a fairway on a right.
Left with 95 yards to a front of a immature rhythmical by a pond, and 101 to a hole and personification out of a rough, Woods believed it was a 56-degree silt crowd shot; Williams knew a widen called for that, though argued instead for Woods to strike reduction club, a 60-degree throw wedge.
Williams: “You get a yardage and it 100 percent says it’s a silt wedge. Grass was still soppy given a trees had not authorised a object to get there. … [But] all told me in my tummy that in sequence to get that spin close, it was with a throw wedge. Tiger couldn’t see a rationale. Usually in that situation, when you’re playing, we wish to be decisive. You don’t wish to be debating behind and onward and emanate any doubt. But we was entirely convinced, and we don’t consider we ever discussed a shot for that length of time.”
Woods: “Well, there were a integrate of things that happened where we got lucky. One, that was still in a epoch of block grooves [which assistance get some-more spin on a spin though have given been outlawed]. And two, somebody had strike out of that same accurate mark someday that week and we was indeed in a divot. we could get purify contact, so we could get my silt crowd on a behind of a spin so we knew we could spin it. Stevie assured me to strike 60 and we indispensable to strike it as tough as we could to get as many spin on a spin as we presumably could.”
Before Woods played his third shot, Westwood was in a fairway considering his approach. He, too, had found a fort off a tee, afterwards laid adult into a fairway before attack his third onto a green. Now, it was Woods’ turn.
Mackay, who was examination on TV: “I remember when he laid it up. The pin was in front and we suspicion he was in all kinds of trouble. You usually wouldn’t consider he could beget adequate spin to keep a spin around a hole. we remember reading that he had this review with Steve to strike a tough 60 and beget as many spin as possible. To me, a third shot was as essential as a putt.”
Ogilvy: “It’s absurd to make a birdie from there.”
Woods intentionally directed a bit to a right, in box a spin came adult short; though a spin landed usually past pin high, stopped, came behind and rolled ever so somewhat toward a hole. He had left himself a 12-footer to tie. Westwood’s proceed came to rest 20 feet away, though above and to a left of a hole if looking from a fairway. He had a downhill putt that he didn’t strike tough enough, a spin trailing off before reaching a cup, withdrawal a theatre to Woods.
Mackay: “I always suspicion partial of Tiger’s talent was his ability to review greens, and a ability to review greens is a many underrated ability in golf. we was examination with my mother and we remember revelation her, he could lift it, lift it or miss, though he substantially won’t misread it.”
Williams: “It’s funny, you’re on a immature there and I’m usually going by my mind meditative about tomorrow’s spin already. He had an extraordinary ability to hole putts on a 18th immature to tie or win. He occasionally missed one. we didn’t have any doubt in my mind that he would make that putt.”
Woods: “I altered my cadence on that one a small bit given it was going to be so bouncy. we strike adult on it a small bit to try and get a spin rolling earlier. Growing adult on poa annua [the form of weed on a greens], that’s what I’ve always unequivocally done. we strike it some-more with my hands and we finished certain we expelled it a lot. And we did, and we got a spin rolling and it was bouncing all over a place. The cadence felt good. And afterwards a spin took perpetually to mangle given it was bouncing many of a time.”
Westwood: “The considerable thing about Tiger is when he’s not personification well, or not even feeling well, he can still find a proceed to get around, and that is what good players do. He hung in there, gave himself a possibility on a 18th. And it’s funny, though after we had unsuccessful with my effort, we never felt for a second that Tiger was going to skip his. Seriously, if it had been compare play, I’d have roughly given it to him. Why was we so sure? Well, usually given he was creation all around that theatre of his career, and generally that day. It was one of those classical Tiger moments.”
Pat Perez, who competent for a 2008 U.S. Open and grew adult personification and operative during Torrey Pines: “The putt wasn’t easy during all. Downhill on s—ty greens. we grew adult on that stuff, it’s brutal. You can see it bouncing a whole time. You’re anticipating it stays on line. And it did. He’s finished that so many times, it’s like nothing.”
Mediate: “Do we wish him to skip it? Absolutely, we wish him to skip it. … we wish to be a U.S. Open champion. we played my boundary off. If he misses, it’s mine. But we knew he’d make it. And when he finished it, we was like, ‘Yeah, all right.’ we approaching that to happen. Anybody else, I’m already watchful for a trophy. Anybody else, we don’t caring who they are, and it’s not even disrespectful. They’re not him. Especially in that day and age, what he was.”
After creation his putt, Woods arched behind and shook his fists with dabble in palm as he screamed to a sky: “I vividly remember one thing about that celebration. we remember screaming and we remember realizing we was screaming during a sky. we was looking true up. And afterwards we put my conduct down fast given we was wondering what we was doing.”
The playoff: Everyone’s watching
For a third time in Woods’ career, he was headed to a playoff in a major. Woods finally parred a initial hole and built a 2-shot lead by 9 though finished bogeys during a 11th and 12th. Mediate birdied a 14th and 15th to take a 1-shot lead. When Woods narrowly missed a birdie try during a 17th, he was again faced with being 1 shot down personification a 18th. Mediate again staid for a standard on a home hole. Woods, who this time strike a immature in 2, knocked his eagle putt to win by 4 feet, afterwards finished a birdie putt to force conspicuous genocide after both players shot 71.
Mediate: “One thing we beheld during a day … Tiger’s fist pumps are scandalous and conspicuous and there’s times when they should occur given it’s so exciting. It didn’t occur once on Monday. Wonder because that was. we haven’t asked him. Not once. He had several opportunities to hang it to me. He didn’t. we don’t know why.”
Streelman, who hold a share of a first-round lead: “The Travelers Championship had a [charter] craft for players to go from a U.S. Open to their tournament. So, on Monday morning, we were holding off right when a playoff started. Every chairman on a craft — a players, their families — was examination a playoff on their TVs. When we land in Hartford, Tiger and Rocco are going into a playoff hole and no one got off a plane. we looked out a window and saw a pleasantness carts watchful for us and no one got off a craft until a playoff was over. I’ll never forget that.”
Sudden genocide began during a seventh, a dogleg right par-4. If necessary, it would continue to a eighth and afterwards a 18th. Woods strike a expostulate in a fairway and knocked his proceed on a immature to about 20 feet, though Mediate strike his expostulate into a fairway bunker, and afterwards his proceed went left and into a witness grandstand, from that he would accept a giveaway drop.
Davis, one of a USGA manners officials with a group: “We had imperative dump zones for certain TIOs [temporary determined obstructions]. we could see where Rocco was going to dump a spin [in a dump section remarkable by a white circle], and there was a possibility he was going to dump it and have it rebound out. Many players consider if it goes outward of a embellished dump zone, they have to re-drop it. Or if it goes closer to a hole, they have to re-drop it. That’s not a box with those dump zones — as prolonged as it’s within dual bar lengths from where it strikes a golf course. Sure enough, it bounced out of a circle, and Rocco goes to collect it up, and we go ‘Rocco!’ He says, ‘What?’ we said, ‘Ball’s in play.’ And I’ve mostly thought, oh my god, we speak about manners fiascos. That would have been horrible. The U.S. Open fundamentally would have finished there. It would have been a 1-stroke penalty.”
It roughly became anticlimactic during this point, as Mediate pitched onto a immature though missed a prolonged standard putt. Woods lagged his birdie putt toward a hole and tapped in for a victory.
None of Woods’ vital championship victories were like this one, a one he pronounced was his “hardest, by far.” He had won a Masters by 12, a U.S. Open by 15 and an Open by 8. For a many part, Woods during slightest seemed to be in control, even if there were some important slips along a proceed before righting himself. But a 2008 U.S. Open saw wincing, limping and an lavish series of bad shots. Over 72 holes, Woods had 42 pars, 17 birdies, 3 eagles, 4 doubles and 10 bogeys to get to minus-1.
Woods: “If we demeanour behind on it, there was one thing we did good a whole week — we finished everything. You demeanour during a 2008 U.S. Open, a 2000 U.S. Open, a 2000 British Open and a 1997 Masters, in those 4 majors, we overtly don’t remember blank a putt inside 10 feet. we had one of those special weeks, and a 2008 U.S. Open was one of them. we felt so good with a putter. It was usually a matter of, ‘Can we get myself on a immature in due time to take advantage of it?’ And we had that one widen on Friday on a front 9 where we got myself in position and we finished everything.”
Mediate: “Every singular day, unless we don’t leave a house, we get a doubt about it. Everyone says, ‘I was during Torrey on Monday, it was a many unimaginable thing I’ve ever seen, a proceed we played.’ I’m like, yeah, though we still lost. we keep examination a replays. … ‘But it looked like we were carrying so many fun.’ You think? we get to play for a inhabitant Open opposite a No. 1 actor in a universe on a Monday for a playoff. What’s not fun about this? It was a many fun I’ve ever had on a golf course, period.”
Two days after a playoff, Woods announced to a universe he had a double highlight detonate in his left tibia and would need surgery. ACL deputy medicine occurred a week later, finale his deteriorate during usually 7 events — with 5 victories. He would not lapse to foe until 9 months later.
ESPN underline writer Tory Zawacki Roy contributed to this report.