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On This Day: Tiger Woods wins US Open

On This Day: Tiger Woods wins US Open
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The then world number one had twice denied Rocco Mediate victory at the 18th.

Tiger Woods won the US Open after 19 holes of a play-off against Rocco Mediate at the Torrey Pines course in southern California on this day in 2008.

Woods simply refused to be beaten as he chased the 14th major win of his career in a battle with fellow American Mediate which went to a 91st hole.

It would have ended at the 72nd had he not sunk a 15-foot putt to cancel out Mediate's one-stroke lead and secure a play-off, but the drama was far from over.

The then world number one, playing his first tournament since undergoing knee surgery, had to battle both pain and a series of slow starts to keep himself in contention throughout the tournament, and his task became little easier after his fourth-day heroics on the 18th green.

Qualifier Mediate, who was bidding to become the US Open's oldest winner at 45 years and five months, found himself three down with eight holes to play, but once again stood on the 18th tee with a single-stroke advantage.

But on the day he celebrated 500 weeks as number one, Woods produced when he needed to most, capitalising on his opponent's failure to birdie the par five by doing just that to extend their marathon duel into sudden death.

Mediate's bogey at the first extra hole opened the door and Woods, whose participation in San Diego had remained in question until the last minute, made no mistake to move within four of Jack Nicklaus' record total of 18 major wins, in the process taking his on-course earnings through the 100million US Dollars mark.

Speaking afterwards, he said: "I don't know how it even got this far, but I'm very, very fortunate to have played 91 holes and come out on top.

"I think this is the best, just because of all the things I had to deal with."

The intervening years have proved eventful on and off the course for Woods, who is currently recovering from serious injuries suffered in a car accident, and he has added just one more major – the 2019 Masters – to his tally since.

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Sunday's key events

· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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