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Earlier in the list, I mentioned how I love that the US Open ends on Father's Day. Considering that, how can I enjoy an 18-hole playoff? All these things do is guarantee that the tournament will not end on Father's Day.
Well, the person that likes seeing the US Open end on Father's Day is the sentimental person in me. The person that likes to see the US Open's playoffs decided over 18 holes on Monday is the golf fan in me, and just the sports fan in me.
Besides, ties don't happen that often. They have only happened twice in the 21st century (2001, 2008). The 2009 tournament did end on Monday, but that was due to weather.
A sudden-death playoff is just one hole. In that spot, I could beat Tiger Woods. If he hits a drive out of play, the tournament is likely mine if I can just make a bogey.
The playoffs that the British Open and PGA Championship have are better, but they provide similar problems. They are a few holes long, so you don't have the issue of one bad shot ending it.
But if one golfer gets a one or two stroke lead on the first hole, that can greatly change the way the rest of the holes go.
That is not the case in an 18-hole playoff. Case in point is the 2008 US Open. This is easily the best tournament that I have ever watched. To be fair, I was less than a year-old for the 1986 Masters, so I didn't really follow that tournament all that closely.
The first 72-holes of the 2008 US Open were incredible. Once Tiger Woods made his birdie putt to force the 18-hole playoff, I was sure that he would beat Rocco Mediate by four shots, if not more.
After the first hole, I was convinced of the same thing, Tiger took a one-shot lead. Mediate came back and took a lead through four, but it was short lived, as Woods had a two-shot lead by nine and a three-shot lead through 11.
Rocco began to chip away, evening the score by 14 and taking a lead after 15. He held that lead until the 18th hole. There, Woods evened the matched and forced a sudden-death playoff.
Finally, 91 holes after the tournament began, Tiger put the pesky Mediate away when he won the first sudden-death playoff hole.
Now, had the tournament immediately gone to a sudden death, they would have either gone to number seven or number 18. Tiger would have likely won either hole; he won them both in the 18-hole playoff, he won seven during both 18-hole and sudden-death playoffs.
But honestly, what's better? A quick finish, or a long, drama filled finish?
Not convinced? The sentimental side still weighing you down? Fair enough, but know that I spent Father's Day in 2008 with my dad, watching the US Open. What do you think I did the next day during the playoff? Who do you think I was with?