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As impressive as Woods' win at Pebble was, this one may have been better.
Consider the circumstances. Woods hadn't played since the Masters and although his left knee problems were common knowledge, few knew the extent of his injuries.
In fact, Woods was playing with a torn left ACL and two stress fractures in his left leg, a disastrous combo that left the ailing 32-year-old unable to walk even one 18-hole round between the Masters and Open and produced a number of moments during the Open where he writhed in pain after a swing.
This was apparent in the opening 27 holes of the tournament, where he struggled to a three-over-par score and a spot far off the lead.
But what happened next was magical. On the brink of defeat, Woods brought out his best, making four long birdie putts on the first five holes of his back nine Friday and capping off his day with yet another birdie at the closing hole to play the incoming half in just 30 strokes
The excitement really kicked up on Saturday. On that day, Woods struggled to a three-over par round through 12 holes and after a drive on 13 that went miles right, no comeback looked imminent.
Johnny Miller thought otherwise, mentioning the possible ramifications on the championship if Woods could somehow make eagle on the hole. Woods made Miller look clairvoyant, as he found the back of the green in two, holed a slick, bending 65-footer for eagle and gained the momentum he needed.
A lucky hole-out birdie pitch ensued on 17 and with three fantastic shots on 18, Woods secured a second eagle in six holes and, shockingly, the outright lead going into Sunday.
He had his fair share of struggles in the final round (including one point on the second tee box where it looked like his pain was too severe to continue) but just 12 feet lay between Woods and playoff on the 72nd green.
A hard breaker to the left, the ball just snuck in on the right side and elicited a massive celebration as Woods had new life.
It would take 19 holes the following day for Woods to stave off a spirited Rocco Mediate, but he got it done.
It was an awesome feat, and only pales in comparison to Hogan's comeback from near death to win the 1950 Open.
For a man who couldn't walk 18 holes before the tournament, playing 91 holes over five days better than everyone else is an accomplishment that won't soon be matched.