Final Round of the U.S. Open
Tiger Woods forced a Monday playoff with Rocco Mediate when he sunk a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th green.
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"The green wasn't very smooth," he said of the birdie putt that eventually forced the playoff. "I kept telling myself make a pure stroke, if it bounces in or out, so be it, at least I can hold my head up high and hit a pure stroke."
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Needing a birdie to tie Mediate, who was in the clubhouse at one under par, or an eagle for the outright win, Tiger sent his tee shot on 18 into the sand. His bunker shot went right, into the rough, and he then chipped to the green.
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Woods missed several birdie opportunities on the back nine, including on the par-3 16th hole where his tee shot landed just short of the green.
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Woods dropped another shot on the 15th hole when he missed a long par putt.
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Woods was forced to drop his ball on the 13th and take a stroke after he yanked his drive off the tee into an unplayable lie. He went on to bogey the par-5.
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Tiger took the lead at two under par when he birdied the par-3 11th hole.
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Woods started to turn things around on the ninth hole hole. He had an eagle opportunity but two-putted for the birdie.
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When asked what his doctor had to say about his injured knee, Tiger, who used his clubs as a crutch throughout the round, said, "Don't play golf."
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Woods was visibly struggling with the pain in his knee on the front nine, wincing after his shots.
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"Even though I got off to three over through two, I was telling myself if I get back to even par for the day, that should win the championship," Woods said of his double-bogey, bogey start.
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Woods sent his first two shots into the rough on his way to a double-bogey on the par-4 first hole his third double bogey of the week on that hole.
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Woods began the final round with a one shot lead, but quickly fell back.
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A view of the tying putt, shot by Kohjiro Kinno in the MetLife blimp.
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"I've never been in this position before in a U.S. Open," Woods said. "After I got the start off today, it looked like I could play myself right out of the tournament. But I still have a chance going into tomorrow."
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