The Greatest US Open Ever?
Those who watched at Torrey Pines will tell kids they 'were there when'
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2008 9:55 AM CDT
Tiger Woods reacts after sinking a birdie putt on the 18th green forcing a playoff against Rocco Mediate during the fourth round of the US Open championship at Torrey Pines Golf Course.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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(Newser) – The 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines will go down as the epic tournament that Tiger Woods won on one leg, writes Pat Forde for ESPN, both because of the spellbinding golf and the characters who shaped the 5-day contest. The champ faced off with the 45-year-old chatterbox in myriad do-or-die situations in a battle that will go down in the history books.

Woods twice faced a must-sink putt on the 18th hole, and bagged an astonishing two eagles and a birdie in six holes on Saturday. Rocco Mediate, happy just to scare Tiger, refused to let the tournament end by staying in stride with the gimpy champion as fans hummed the "Rocky" theme. But in the end, Forde writes, Woods "managed to top himself, with the assistance of Mediate, in the greatest US Open ever."