Woods’s US Open Win Even More Impressive

ESPN is reporting that Tiger Woods is having surgery to repair his ACL in his left knee, which he originally injured in 2007 and subsequently won 5 of the next 6 tournaments he entered. He is also rehabilitating his left tibia, which has a double stress fracture. I dare say that, while less dramatic, this ranks close to Ben Hogan’s amazing win in the 1950 US Open win, with Hogan returning to win despite enormous pain after surviving a near-fatal auto collision with a bus the year before. That Woods could even walk and play that well while enduring what must have been excruciating pain, makes his 91-hole classic victory against Rocco Mediate even more remarkable. It’s too bad that his season, already with four wins including the major at Torrey Pines, will be over. But what an ending it was, more so given the injuries with which he played.

The best who ever played golf? More and more, as if it hasn’t already been discussed and debated, one can convincingly argue that.

Published in: on June 18, 2008 at 11:15 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. I’ll give credit where it’s due. What Woods did is remarkable. He is far and away the best golfer ever. He’s all heart.

    I still don’t like him though. Maybe it’s b/c he always wins. More so I don’t like the “mini-tantrums” he throws after bad shots or his “Joba-esque” fist pumps. I don’t equate that with golf. But that’s just me.

    Thanks for helping me out with the write-up today. I usally end up missing the first 4 innings or so. It’ll definitely help. i appreciate it!



  2. Tiger does display his anger more demonstratively than many I’ve seen, though not so frequently. I honestly don’t mind the emotional displays at all. I’m glad he makes golf not so stuffy and buttoned-down. I wonder whether or not his body will quit on him. He’s in better shape than any other golfer oddly enough, but has had various knee issues for some time. This one is serious, and the rest of his season came at the expense of playing against doctors’ advice and having a tremendous US Open. I also can’t help but wonder why he didn’t have his knee taken care of in the off-season, and before his recent surgery. Did he worsen it, or was it this badly injured and he played through it?

    Either way, it was remarkable.

  3. ” The Tiger is who we thought he was, the Tiger is who we thought he was!” So are the Yankees!

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