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Tuesday, August 21, 2001
Tiger's third straight U.S. Amateur most enduring

By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com

Aug. 25, 1996

Tiger Woods ends his amateur career by winning one of the most dramatic matches in golfing history. Down by five holes with 16 to go, the 20-year-old Stanford student shows the eye of the tiger in becoming the first to win three consecutive U.S. Amateur championships.

Steve Scott, a University of Florida student, is on his way to a major upset after taking a five-hole lead in the morning round at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Cornelius, Ore. While Tiger rallies in the afternoon, he's still trailing by two with three holes left. But then he birdies 16 and 17 (on a 30-foot putt) to force a playoff. On the second extra hole, Woods wins it with a par. His putter falls from his hands and he raises his arms above his head.

"This is by far the best," says Woods, who two years ago was the first black to win the U.S. Amateur. "By far. Thirty-eight holes, the comeback, it's just an unbelievable feeling for me."