US Open 2008 Update

16Jun08

Tiger Woods birdied the last to force an 18-hole US Open play-off against fellow American Rocco Mediate at Torrey Pines on Monday. Woods, who led by one shot overnight, continued to struggle with a painful left knee but drained a 12-footer on the 72nd hole to keep his hopes alive. The 32-year-old is bidding to claim a 14th major title, while the 45-year-old Mediate is chasing a maiden major. Lee Westwood missed his putt on 18 to make a play-off and finished third. Mediate, two back overnight, carded a level-par 71 for one under in the penultimate group and then sweated as Woods and Westwood played up the par-five 18th. Both players found bunkers off the tee and made the green in three but Westwood left his 20ft birdie putt short for a 73 to end level par overall. Woods had already shown, if anyone needed reminding, that he was capable of the sublime after firing 30 on the back nine on Friday and surging to the top of the leaderboard on Saturday with two eagles and a birdie in his last six holes.

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