Tiger, Rocco Save World of Sports

Before our profligate commentator, Bobby Jones, calls us to the mat for not giving a Broken Spines perspective on yesterday’s finish to the U.S. Open – I figured I would post.

Rocco Mediate gave Tiger arguably his most difficult test in a major championship.  They were tied after 90 holes of some of the most challenging conditions in golf.  But, what was really on display was sportsmanship of the highest order.

Remaining tied after an 18 hole playoff on Monday (unique in the majors), they went to number 7 for a sudden death playoff.  Rocco pulled his drive into the trap on the left, Tiger’s drive was center cut.  Rocco again tugged his second shot into the grand stand on the left and had to take a drop, Tiger’s second shot made the green leaving him a difficult birdy putt.  Rocco’s third shot left him inside of Tiger.  Tiger missed his birdy and tapped in for par.  All Rocco had to do was make his putt to go to the next hole.  Alas, he missed on the high side and tapped in for bogie – yielding the championship to Tiger 91 holes later (and 37,000 yards on a bum knee).  Wow.

How does Tiger do it?  Read David Brooks’ column “Frozen Gaze”.  What made this a great sports championship?  Read Gene Wojciechowski’s column “Tiger, Rocco save world of sports”

1 Response to “Tiger, Rocco Save World of Sports”

  1. 1 Matt H. June 20, 2008 at 10:41 am

    What an amazing tourney! You have to love Rocco’s personality – a humble guy just playing for the love of the game paired against Tiger – one of the greatest competitors of all time… gutting it out for 91 holes while playing with a torn ACL and two stress fractures in his left knee/leg. Having had a torn ACL I cannot EVER imaging playing in that kind of pain. Thank you gentlemen for a fine example of true sportsmanship!

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