|In America, Tiger Woods sunk a dramatic twelve-foot birdie putt on the final hole on Sunday to send the US Open taking place in South Carolina to a head-to-head 18-hole showdown against relative unknown Rocco Mediate.|
Woods will be trying to capture his 14th major title at the first time of asking since undergoing surgery on his left knee two months ago while Mediate is 157th in the world, 156 spots behind his opponent, and seeking to become the oldest winner in the 108-year history of the US Open.
“I get to play for the national Open against the best player on earth; that maybe has ever played,'' said Mediate, who made the US Open through a playoff in the qualifying rounds.
“How much more could you ask for? I couldn't be happier.”
Woods was listed as the 3-10 favourite with OddsChecker.com to become the first US Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour player to win seven tournaments on the same links. He walked away victorious during the Buick Invitational held at the Torrey Pines course in 1999 and 2003 and from 2005 to 2008.
Mediate is a lowly 14-5 with OddsChecker.com to take the title after finishing one shot under par for the four rounds and shooting an even-par 71 for the final day with three birdies and three bogeys. He turned professional in 1985 and has seen Woods win 33 PGA Tour titles including six majors since his last victory.
“I'm playing against a monster,” said Mediate.
“I get to play against the best player that ever played. Whatever happens, happens. I'm happy that I'm here and I will give it everything I have and see what we do.”