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2008 U.S. Open: Tiger Woods big favorite to win the playoff

2008 U.S. Open: Tiger Woods big favorite to win the playoff Sunday was the final round of the 2008 U.S. Open, Tiger Woods fumbled again at the start and had to call on his enchanted club once again at the end to rally up and force the US Open into a playoff. Atop of the leaderboard after Round 3, Woods began the final approach with the typical double bogey at the 1st, followed by a bogey on the second. Just as two birdies on the 9th and 11th seemed to lead him on the right path, bogeys on the 13th and 15th put his U.S. Open dreams in jeopardy. By the time Tiger Woods was approaching the 18th - Rocco Mediate was the U.S. Open leader a shot ahead of Woods. A par or worse for the world's No.1 at the 18th would have made Mediate the 2008 U.S. Open winner and the oldest golfer to win the major tourney. But it was not meant to be for Rocco Mediate, who went for an even-par final round on Sunday. Tiger Woods, once again in his typical style, went for a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th, just enough to tie Mediate on the U.S. Open leaderboard and force a playoff Monday. "Unbelievable. I knew he'd make it," Mediate said from the scoring room, as he watched the victory slip away for one more day.

 Thus the U.S. Open this year will be decided by a playoff between Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate. Woods, who opened on the betting sheets as the favorite golfer to win the 108th U.S. Open with odds 10/3 was cut short as low as 1/2 as the tournament progressed and is now -400 to win the playoff at the online sportsbook BodogSports. Meanwhile, Rocco Mediate, who wasn't even listed with odds (he would pay out on field odds 5/1 if winner) is the underdog of the 2008 U.S. Open playoff with odds +275.

 The playoff on Monday will be the first playoff at the U.S. Open, the only major that goes 18 holes of overtime, since 2001. But not the first time Woods and Mediate are facing off for a victory. Back in 1999 in the final round of the Phoenix Open Mediate won a three-shot victory against Woods, one of Rocco's five PGA Tour wins. Tiger Woods is 14-1 in playoffs, while Rocco Mediate is 2-0.

  Published on 06/16/2008

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