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Tiger's Birdie on 18 Forces U.S. Open Playoff

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Published on Jun 15, 2008

SportsTiger's Birdie on 18 Forces U.S. Open PlayoffTiger's Birdie on 18 Forces U.S. Open PlayoffThe Associated PressThe AP's Jim Militello reports from San Diego, where Tiger Woods sank a dramatic birdie putt on the final hole to force an 18-hole playoff Monday with Rocco Mediate for the U.S. Open title. (June 16)MAKE IT 3 DAYS IN A ROW TIGER WOODS HAS STOLEN THE SPOTLIGHT WITH HIS REMARKABLE TALENT. THE 45-YEAR OLD ROCCO MEDIATE POISED TO BECOME THE OLDEST US OPEN CHAMP, 2 TIME WINNER WOODS ROLLED IN A BIRDIE PUTT ON THE FINAL HOLE TO FORCE AN 18-H0LE PLAYOFF AT THE U.S. OPEN.SOT WOODS REGARDING THE PUTT ON 18AND IT WENT IN, WOODS BIRDIE GOES ALONG WITH THE 5-UNDER 30 ON HIS FINAL 9 FRIDAY AND THAT STUNNING 2 EAGLE, 1 BIRDIE FINISH SATURDAY THAT GOT HIM THE LEAD. BUT HE GVE IT BACK EARLY IN THE FINAL ROUND WITH A DOUBLE BOGEY, BOGEY START. SOT WOODS ABOUT HIS BAD STARTMEANWHILE, MEDIATE WAS PUTTING HIMSELF IN POSTION TO BE THE TOURNAMET'S OLDEST WINNER. THE 45-YEAR OLD WITH A HISTORY OF BACK PROBLEMS AND A MUCH SHORTER GAME THAN THE YOUNG GUNS TOOK THE LEAD WITH A BIRDIE ON 14 AND GOT INTO THE CLUBHOUSE TO AWAIT WOODS' FINISH. AND EVEN THOUGH WOODS SANK THAT FINAL PUTT, MEDIATE IS EXCITED TO BE IN THE PLAYOFF.SOT MEDIATE MEDIATE HAS JUST FIVE CAREER WINS AND NO MAJORS....BY CONTRAST, THE 32-YEAR OLD WOODS HAS 13MAJORS INCLUDING 2 U.S. OPENS. YES, HIS SURGICALLY REPAIRED LEFT KNEE CONTINUES TO BOTHER HIM, AND HIS GAME IS RUSTY FROM THE SIX WEEK LAYOFF FOR THE SURGERY. BUT HE'S COMING UP WITH THE SHOTS THAT MAKE HIM THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS WHEN HE NEEDS THEM. AND MEDIATES GOING TO NEED A LOT TO GO RIGHT FOR HIM TO OVERCOME THAT IN THE PLAYOFF.

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