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Open and 14th major title, defeating Rocco Mediate on the first hole of sudden-death , following an hole playoff. Open was held at the Torrey Pines for the first time, on its South Course. It was an unlikely victory for Woods, who entered the tournament considerably short of match practice and was plagued throughout the week by an ailing left knee. Two days after the championship, Woods revealed that he would miss the remainder of the season after undergoing knee surgery; this was his last win in a major championship to date.
This was the final hole playoff at the U. About half the field each year consists of players who are fully exempt from qualifying for the U. Below is the list of the 72 players that were fully exempt for the U.
Each player is classified according to the first category by which he qualified, but other categories are shown in parentheses: Jonathan Byrd , Camilo Villegas. Shingo Katayama 17 , Toru Taniguchi Stuart Appleby , J. Open is played over four days with an hole round being played each day, for a total of 72 holes plus practice rounds. Players outside the top 60 and ties and outside ten strokes of the leader will be "cut" after 36 holes. The top three ranked players in the world were paired together for the first two rounds, but none of them broke par for the day: Woods was playing his first event since the Masters , after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, and Scott was playing with a broken little finger on his right hand.
The World Golf Rankings were also used for three other pairings, making four pairings include the top 12 golfers in the world. Mark Calcavecchia withdrew after playing nine holes with an injured knee and foot. In all, 11 players shot sub-par rounds and the scoring average was The first round co-leaders both fell well down the leaderboard: Woods shot a 30 on the front nine, one stroke more than the U. Open record for nine holes set by Vijay Singh in Singh made his 14th consecutive cut at the U.
Open, the longest current streak. Ian Poulter withdrew with a wrist injury after playing 15 holes. Three amateurs made the cut: In all, 19 players shot sub-par second rounds. The scoring average was Many of the leaders struggled on day three. Trahan to 1 over-par. In total, 11 players shot sub-par rounds and the scoring average for the round was Woods had previously won each of the thirteen major championships in which he entered the final round with at least a share of the lead, and his fourteenth was no different.
He lost his lead on the first hole, double-bogeying the hole for the third time in the tournament, and followed that with a bogey on the second, but regained two of the shots with birdies on 9 and He also bogeyed 13, the same hole on which he had sunk an eagle putt the previous day.
Mediate had put together a solid round, only scoring one bogey over the final 13 holes.