Tiger's Victory at the U.S. Open
Tiger Woods won his 14th major championship on Monday at Torrey Pines when he outlasted Rocco Mediate on the 91st hole of play.
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Mediate missed the par putt on the seventh green that would have kept him alive in the playoff.
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Mediate pulled his second shot from a fairway bunker on the first sudden-death playoff hole into the grandstand and was given relief.
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Woods missed an eagle opportunity on the 18th hole that would have given him the outright win. He went on to birdie the hole to force a sudden-death playoff, starting on the seventh hole.
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The match was tied up heading into the 15th hole. Tiger's bunker shot left him a birdie chance on the green. He missed the 10-footer and went on to par the hole.
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More than 20,000 people filled the South Course to watch the playoff, breaking the record of 11,000 from the 2001 playoff between Mark Brooks and Retief Goosen.
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Rocco Mediate got off to a slower start, bogeying the first hole.
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He missed his birdie putt on the first hole and went on to make par.
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For the first time during this tournament, Woods hit the fairway on the first hole.
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Woods and Mediate seemed relaxed at the beginning of their playoff round, but soon after put their game faces on.
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"It means everything," Woods said of having his daughter there.
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"I understand why my dad was so emotional in 2002 when I won and I brought it back to him," Woods said. "I understand now, now that I am a father, how he felt to have my daughter there and to have Elin there, it means so much more when you do it. Obviously it's not Father's Day, but close enough."
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Wife, Elin, and daughter, Sam Alexis, followed Woods on his way to victory.
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Woods, who had knee surgery right after the Masters, said it was the atmosphere that kept him going. "The tournament, being a major championship here at Torrey Pines, all the people. I couldn't ever quit in front of these people. It wasn't going to happen."
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"I've never had more fun I've never -- it's just amazing," Mediate said after the round. "He's hard to beat. I threw everything I had, the kitchen sink, everything right at him."
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"He put so much pressure on me all day today," Woods said of his competitor. "It was a great battle all day, and also a great friendship too."
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