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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 277
4 TIGER WOODS v ROCCO MEDIATE (2008 US Open) Tiger Woods effectively played – and won – the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines on one leg, hobbling his way to a Monday victory over Rocco Mediate. Woods battled through two stress fractures in his tibia and was forced to deal with a knee that would soon require reconstruction – not to mention the body blows repeatedly being dealt out by an on-song Mediate. Tiger made a clutch birdie putt at the 18th to force what would become the final 18-hole playoff in championship history. ► 5 TIGER WOODS v CHRIS DIMARCO (2005 Masters) Mention the 2005 Masters to any golf fan and their mind will instantly go to Tiger Woods and the 16th hole. Most observers tend to agree it was probably the greatest chip shot ever played. But it was also part of a tremendous showdown between Woods and Chris DiMarco – which lasted all the way to the 72nd hole and beyond (into a playoff), before Tiger claimed his fourth green jacket with an 18-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole. 6 PAYNE STEWART v PHIL MICKELSON (1999 US Open) Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh threw their hats in the ring, but it was Stewart and Mickelson, the latter awaiting the birth of his first child, who were the main combatants at Pinehurst. Stewart began the final day leading by one before Phil drew level at the 12th. However, the 1991 champion’s par-birdie-par finish to Mickelson’s bogey-par-par was enough for victory by one, with his 15-foot putt at the last punctuated by Stewart’s famous celebration. Stewart tragically passed away four months later. COVER STORY
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