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US Open - Final Day

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Another Tiger Woods victory in a major, amid the most testing of circumstances, would be one hell of a tale come the early hours of this morning.

The two eagles he manfully fired on the last six holes yesterday to secure an unlikely one-stroke lead going into the final day was genuinely sensational. Pure drama.

But what a story it would be if the seemingly impenetrable Tiger - for the first time in his career - failed to clinch a major when holding at least a share of the lead ahead of the final round...

And England's Lee Westwood, who will partner Woods in the final pairing of the tournament, nervelessly battled past Tiger to became the first British US Open winner since Tony Jacklin in 1970.

Whatever happens, one thing cannot be disputed.

The 2008 US Open at California's Torrey Pines has already witnessed some brilliant golf - and with more twist-and-turn sub-plots than a puzzle-breaking Dan Brown novel set in the alleyways of Florence.

So the main hope, surely, is that we get an epic final day to elevate this championship into the canon of golfing folklore.

"We're going to have a lot of fun out there," said the world number one back at the clubhouse last night. So are we Tiger, so are we.

Woods, Westwood, or one of the group biting at their heels?

Make sure you inundate us with all your general thoughts - serious or whimsical - and predictions on who will emerge victorious.



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posted Jun 16, 2008

i think mediate will hold his nerve

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posted Jun 16, 2008

The best US Open in a long time........i'd be amazed if Mediate shoots better thasn 75 today.........he seems to have already conceded with his comments..........what a performance from him though..............Woods though....wow....great week from Westwood, he just didn't drive well enough yesterday.........

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posted Jun 16, 2008

I'm a huge fan of Tiger - it's an honour to be part of the on-going master class - even as a very distant observer - but this is potentially Roy of the rovers stuff - hope the other guy at least puts up a decent show and maybe even takes it with his own 15 footer on the 18th (but he's gonna have to have a lorra lorra bottle for that one).

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posted Jun 16, 2008

Tiger roars and Rocco Rocks......... Heard Woods played hopelessly yet is still in contention of making it number 14!

If Tiger plays the same 1st hole (3 x double bogeys)as he has done all week then Rocco has a chance to be 2 up and he will need to hole some monster birdies to go four up, before Tiger hits his usual eagle, birdie , eagle finish to win it by one.

Lets hope it's Tiger's ability that wins it and not 'oh i've a bad knee' lost me it.....Legends often don't need excuses, and i believe Tiger falls into that category.
One final note . Please don't call him Great, as greatness along with 'i love you' and 'sorry' are words and phrases used out of all context.
If you want to see greatness in the 21 st Century then pop down your local hospital and meet a surgeon whom performs miracles every day!!!!

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comment by Julianc (U916086)

posted Jun 16, 2008

With a few quid each way on Rocco at very pleasant odds, I was willing Woods to prove he was human after all and miss his last green putt - but despite the likely financial consequences today, you have to take your hat off to the man and enjoy watching the best golfer we are ever likely to see.

Winning a Major on one leg takes some beating!

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comment by jpjames (U6661240)

posted Jun 16, 2008

Westwood says it proves he has a major in him finishing 3rd. I think not 2nd or 3nd is a long way from winning. Ask Monty

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posted Jun 16, 2008

Firstly well done to Westwood, many a decent golfer has fallen apart against Tiger in the final pairing. Second point; this 'knee' thing is wearisome, if he (Tiger) really had a bad knee he would not dare risk his future career for a single tournament, major or not. Finally, an 18 hole play-off just seems so wrong.

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posted Jun 16, 2008

KingArthuronice...depends what you mean by risking his future career. Clearly, he's got doctors who are telling him that doing this will delay the healing process etc - maybe he should really have had an extra 2 weeks off or something. However, they'll also be telling him if the pressure he's putting on it will do long term damage.

With most injuries, coming back too early does very little long-term damage. It'll put his recovery period back but so long as he now rests up for a few weeks, he'll be fine...its just he's stressing it too early.

He's not daft and I doubt his doctors are. If the medical opinion was that he'll cripple himself by playing then he'd be sat at home in Florida.

As for the "knee" thing becoming wearisome....I assume you didn't watch any of Tiger's rounds? Unless he's the world's best actor, it was causing him big problems from the moment he hit it off the cart path.

The fact that he still went out, competed and even changed the way he approached it in the last round to get more in play off the tee etc is a credit to the ability of the guy.

Disappointed for Westwood as I thought he played the "best" golf all week. Consistent, steady, good short game...perfect US Open winning stuff. Similarly Mediate would be a worthy winner.

Neither of them have had the luck or relied on the brilliance that Tiger has.

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posted Jun 16, 2008

wise words king arthur, 100% agree - he's pulled out of competitions before when not fit - if he was not 100% he would have pulled out of this. Just more physcology by young eldrick and we all fall for it. awesome golfer, but getting a tad arrogant of late me thinks

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posted Jun 16, 2008

Just not too quick with the result page: They are still fighting it out in a 18-hole play-off. It's time to get a subscription to Sport1 to get a view of other matches (for instance the Ryder Cup), since we are not spoilt with much action on the tube. And just my luck: Miguel Ángel is doing it again, although he is not in the fray for 1st. But 6th is an admirable result. For him I hope that my subscription to a golf-transmitting channel will not turn his chances. Last time I didn't look he won at Wentworth, but good old Eurosport had canned a report for me to record!
Hasta la vista, Pisha!

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