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Tora! Tora! Tora! at Torrey Pines

June 16, 2008

Call it the Second Battle of Wounded Knee. In what he described as his greatest tournament ever, Tiger Woods staved off a painful, surgically repaired left knee and a stiff playoff challenge from ultimate underdog/nice guy Rocco Mediate (great name) to win the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines today. Tiger’s 14th major victory featured several instant classics: two crazy-long eagle putts and a ridiculous one-hop birdie chip on Saturday and then, with the tournament on the line in Sunday’s final round and today’s playoff, two nail-biting, come-from-behind saves at 18.

Orange Bear, for one, was glued to the Flickering Box at Phil the Owl’s place.

“I couldn’t believe it. I mean, it’s golf, right?”

“Thanks, Frank.  Couldn’t have done it without ya.”

* Tora is “tiger” in Japanese.

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