Tiger wins 14th major after beating Mediate in U.S. Open sudden death

Tiger Woods won his 14th major championship Monday, topping Rocco Mediate in a sudden death playoff at the 2008 U.S. Open.

Both players shot even-par 71 in the 18-hole playoff, which forced a sudden-death format starting at the seventh hole.

Mediate hit his drive into a fairway bunker and was unable to reach the green with his approach. Woods, meanwhile, was on the green safely in two.

Mediate’s long putt for par missed, giving Woods his third U.S. Open title and continuing his run of 14 straight major wins when he leads entering the final round.

What an amazing U.S. Open this year, from Tiger’s remarkable 12-foot birdie put on the 18th green Sunday, to the massive underdog Mediate forcing not only a playoff, but a sudden death as well.

Mediate had a chance to put Tiger away in the first playoff when he birdied three holes in a row on 13, 14 and 15, but it’s hard to say anything negative about Mediate because he played his ass off. Tiger is simply the best and he proved it yet again this past weekend, planning through pain in his knee to come up with yet another masterful performance. This might have been his most impressive major win to date.

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