Tiger Woods’s 2008 Year in Review

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Tiger Woods' 2008 Year in ReviewTiger began the 2008 season at the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines in January.
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After the Masters, Woods went to Park City, Utah, where he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Woods would not return until the U.S. Open in June.
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At the U.S. Open, Woods struggled on his surgically repaired knee. But after shooting 38 on his first nine in the second round, he heated up. Woods birdied Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5 and 9 for a five-under 30, one shot off the Open record for nine holes. He went into the weekend one behind the leader, Stuart Appleby.
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Woods was clearly in pain, especially toward the end of the third round. Asked after the round if his knee was getting worse, he replied, "Yes, it is."
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After chipping in on the par-4 17th, it was clear that Woods realized he'd gotten a few lucky breaks.
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But the pain didn't stop Woods from contending. He came to the par-5 18th at one under, a shot behind Lee Westwood. He hit the green in two shots and made the eagle putt for a one-shot lead.
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Woods fought through the pain to shoot two-over 73 on Sunday. He forced a Monday playoff with Rocco Mediate when he sunk a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th green.
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In the Monday playoff, Woods missed an eagle opportunity on the 18th hole that would have given him the win. He made birdie to force a sudden-death playoff, which started on the seventh hole.
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Mediate missed a par putt on the seventh green that would have kept him alive in the playoff. Woods won his 14th major and third U.S. Open.
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Woods talked of trying to win the Grand Slam in 2008, but he couldn't get past the first hurdle, the Masters. He started the final round at Augusta six strokes back and finished second, three shots behind Trevor Immelman.
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Talk of a perfect season ended at the WGC-CA Championship at Doral, where Woods finished two strokes behind winner Geoff Ogilvy.
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With The King watching from behind the green, Woods drained a big-breaking 25-foot putt on the 18th hole to beat Bart Bryant by a stroke at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Woods tied Ben Hogan with his 64th career PGA Tour victory.
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Woods holed a bomb for birdie in the final round on the par-3 11th hole, and he went on to win his fourth consecutive Buick Invitational by eight shots.
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With the win, Woods tied Arnold Palmer on the career victory list at 62. Afterward, he celebrated with children from the Tiger Woods Foundation.
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Woods moved on to the Dubai Desert Classic, where he trailed Ernie Els by four shots heading into the back nine.
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Woods birdied five of his last seven holes to win.
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Woods faced J.B. Holmes in the opening match of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Woods began his round by hitting a drive out of bounds.
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Down three holes with five to play, Woods made three birdies and an eagle to beat Holmes.
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Woods advanced to the final match after defeating Henrik Stenson in the semifinals.
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Woods made 14 birdies in 29 holes against Stewart Cink for an 8-and-7 victory, the largest margin in the event's history. It was his fifth straight win worldwide.
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Days after winning the U.S. Open, Woods announced he would have reconstructive surgery on his injured left knee and miss the remainder of the season. Woods also revealed he needed time to heal a double stress fracture of his left tibia that was discovered prior to the U.S. Open. • Return to 2008 Year-in-Review Homepage • Tiger Woods in the off season • Tiger Tracker: Everything you need to know about Tiger