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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 291
COVER STORY The US PGA Championship has a three-hole aggregate format while The Masters Tournament is the only major to be decided by sudden-death playoff. Suggesting that the vibe around every 18-hole playoff has been underwhelming would be to severely undermine some of the great moments in US Open history that have been determined via a date with the early morning dew of a Monday morning. The last Open decided by a playoff was a distant 10 years ago when Tiger Woods (playing with a fractured leg no less) won in dramatic circumstances over Rocco Mediate at Torrey Pines. Woods’ dramatic birdie on the final hole of regulation to force the playoff over the affable journeyman will live on in our memory, so too the Monday playoff for which 18 holes was still not enough to separate the pair. It took a Woods par to Mediate’s bogey on the 91st hole to decide the championship – Woods’ third US Open title and to date, his last of 14 major championship wins. Of the 33 playoffs staged in US Open history dating back to 1895, the following selection stand out among the game’s most
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