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Wednesday, June 18, 2008
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Ok, the US Open this year was already a “wow” given Tiger’s eagles on Saturday and his limping his way through Sunday to force a playoff with an inhuman putt to a 19-hole playoff that wasn’t over until Rocco missed his final putt. Now, it gets even, well, wowier: (via the AP)1 Tiger won US Open with torn ligament, 2 fractures

Despite a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a double stress fracture, Woods managed to win a major that required five days of flinching, grimacing and a long list of spectacular shots that have defined his career.

He went 91 holes on a leg that got worse with each day, finally defeating Rocco Mediate on the 19th hole of a playoff.

That’s just amazing. There’s no other way to describe it. In my mind it goes up there with Emmitt Smith playing the final season game into OT against the New York Giants with a separated shoulder to win the NFC East and Michael Jordan’s “flu game” against the Utah Jazz in the Finals. Indeed, this year’s Open Championship goes on my list.

Here’s a summary of the Jordan game, but what I specifically remember is that three-pointer to break the 85-85 tie with less than a minute to go. It is at about 5:00 on the clip:

At any rate, as James Joyner noted earlier today, Tiger is set to have season-ending knee surgery.

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4 Comments »

  1. Yes, that is amazing.

    Also for the list: Who was the hockey player who skated on a broken leg in a playoff some years back?

    And in the Olympics years ago (1972 or 1976), there was a male gymnast with a broken leg who somehow managed to do his routine on the high bar-and his dismount-despite his condition. Honestly, I will never forget his grimace when he landed.

    Comment by MSS — Wednesday, June 18, 2008 @ 7:47 pm

  2. I’m not sure I would equate this with something like Smith’s separated sholder.

    This is golf, for crying out loud-you are basically just walking around and every 10 minutes swinging at a little ball. It seems to be much more a mental game than anything else that requires little physical exertion when compared to American football, football, basketball, hockey, etc…

    Comment by Ratoe — Thursday, June 19, 2008 @ 10:16 am

  3. I will grant the Emmitt’s 200+ yard performance with a separated shoulder was a more difficult task.

    However, it is comparable within the individual sports.

    And I take it from your comment that you don’t play golf? :)

    While I concur that the physical exertion was less than those other sports, to do what he did under those circumstances was as amazing in its own way as the other examples given.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Thursday, June 19, 2008 @ 10:21 am

  4. And I take it from your comment that you don’t play golf? :)

    While I concur that the physical exertion was less than those other sports, to do what he did under those circumstances was as amazing in its own way as the other examples given.

    How’d you guess? I actually used to play quite a bit. And when I was a kid I was a caddy at a fancy country club.

    What turned me off was the cost and also the fact that the courses started requiring people to take motorized golf carts instead of walking the course.

    One of the things that I liked about golf was being able to stroll around on the grass for a few hours and have a couple of cocktails at the “Halfway House” and a couple more at the “19th Hole”.

    With a cart, the level of exertion is gone.

    I realize that the pros still walk the course-I was actually just being flippant. I don’t really follow pro golf-it seems too boring to watch on TV-Although I say that as a soccer fan, so who am I to talk!?!?

    Comment by Ratoe — Thursday, June 19, 2008 @ 11:07 am

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