On this day in 2008, Tiger Woods won his 14th and last major with a playoff victory over Rocco Mediate at the U.S. Open. Making his return to competitive golf after a two-month absence due to a knee injury, Woods battled pain throughout the weekend but managed to surge to the top of the leaderboard after the third round at Torrey Pines. Woods started Sunday with a two-shot lead over Mediate, but the two were locked in a tie by the day's end. On Monday, the pair squared off in an 18-hole playoff for the ages. Still tied at the end of the round, Woods finally emerged victorious on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to claim his third U.S. Open title. The grueling win took a toll, and Woods announced he would miss the remainder of the season to undergo reconstructive surgery on his knee just two days later.
Since that miraculous 2008 victory, Woods has struggled both on and off the course. Injuries and a highly publicized cheating scandal (and subsequent divorce from wife Elin Nordegren) in 2009 have sidetracked the former No. 1. Still, he was won 14 PGA titles since his win at Torrey Pines but he has yet to win another major.
Currently recovering from back surgery, Woods has been absent from the PGA Tour since March. He subsequently missed both this past weekend's U.S. Open and The Masters. His return date to competition is uncertain.