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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 253
O NE of golf’s great rivalries was born 18 years ago this week when Tiger Woods defeated Sergio Garcia by one shot at the 1999 PGA Championship. At just 24 years old, Woods collected the third leg of his Career Grand Slam and won his fourth major in the process. For Garcia – the tournament’s youngest contender in 78 years – it meant the beginning of an 18-year wait to break into the major winner’s circle. The 81st PGA Championship was played at Medinah Country Club’s Course No.3, which measured 7,401 yards and was the second-longest course in major championship history. Woods held the 54-hole lead and had built a six-shot buffer by the time he reached the 8th tee. “If he keeps playing the way he played today, maybe we'll have to look for second place," Garcia said of Woods. Garcia played in the penultimate group with a 26-year-old Stewart Cink and began to make a Sunday charge. The 45,000 fans who had flocked to watch Woods cruise to another victory began to embrace the young Spaniard, chanting “Sergio-Sergio”. Woods looked to be crumbling and had surrendered five shots in three holes, but Sergio’s challenge – including that glare and famous shot from the foot of a tree – seemed to reignite the Big Cat and he closed with two pars for an 11-under, 277; one clear of Garcia. The golfing world knew it had witnessed something special that day, but nobody could have predicted the rivalry to come. Woods has since amassed 14 majors, while Garcia finally clinched his first at Augusta National earlier this year after a playoff with Justin Rose. E it happened this week in... 1999 • North Melbourne defeats St Kilda in Round 20 of the AFL season. The club doesn’t lose another game for the season and wins its fourth premiership. • A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes the Turkish city, Izmit, where more than 17,000 people are killed and 44,000 are injured. • Russian President, Boris Yeltsin, fires his Prime Minister and for the fourth time dismisses his entire cabinet. Also making news this week in 1999 THE BIRTH OF A RIVALRY VIDEO: RELIVE THE 1999 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP – WORDS BY MICHAEL JONES Tiger Vs Sergio
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