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US Open 2008
Torrey Pines, CA - 12-16 June, 2008

Mediate tees off first

After seeing Tiger Woods force a play-off on Sunday, veteran Rocco Mediate (right) gets play under way on Monday

Mediate chips out of a bunker

Sadly for him he finds a bunker and bogeys the 1st to give the two-time champion an early lead at Torrey Pines

Woods chips out of a bunker on the third hole

By the completion of the 3rd hole the lead has changed hands, following a bogey by Woods and a birdie by his rival

Tiger Woods on the third green

Woods's putt on the picturesque 3rd can not stop him falling one shot behind his rival

Rocco Mediate on the fifth green

On the 5th Mediate misses a birdie putt and bogeys the hole - losing his one-shot lead in the process

Rocco Mediate at the seventh

By the 7th things have turned Woods's way and Mediate finds himself trailing by a shot

Tiger Woods at the ninth

Woods still leads by two shots at the 9th despite finding himself in the thick of the bunkers

Tiger Woods at the 12th

With both players dropping shots, the pressure grows and Woods's lead is down to one at the 12th

Tiger Woods at the 15th

Mediate levels once again and at the 15th Woods escapes from a bunker but cannot stop his rival regaining the lead

Tiger Woods at the first sudden-death play-off hole

But the world number one is distraught as he misses although Mediate faces a difficult putt of his own to save the match

Rocco Mediate and Tiger Woods

The contest goes to sudden-death and Mediate can only watch as Woods putts for birdie on the day's 19th hole

Tiger Woods and caddie Steve Williams

Mediate fails to sink the 18-footer and Woods is champion - allowing him to finally celebrate with caddie Steve Williams

Rocco Mediate and Tiger Woods

Woods sportingly offers words of consolation to Mediate after ending the 45-year-old's dreams of a shock victory

Tiger Woods with the trophy

After 19 extra holes, Woods is able to hold the trophy aloft for the third time in his career

see also
US Open 2008 day four photos
15 Jun 08 |  Golf
US Open 2008 day two photos
14 Jun 08 |  Golf
US Open 2008 day one photos
13 Jun 08 |  Golf

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