Quick 9: This is how you celebrate winning a major
Tiger Woods, 2006 Open Championship
“I really felt my dad was with me on that one round,” said Tiger Woods, reflecting on his victory at the 2006 Open at Hoylake just months after his father’s death. “It was like having a 15th club. I felt that type of peace when I was out there.” The public perception of Woods is often that of a recluse but golf fans were given a rare glimpse of the person inside as the tears flowed on the 18th green at Royal Liverpool.
Tiger Woods, 2008 US Open
This one was always going to make the list wasn’t it? In the 2008 US Open, Tiger Woods drained a huge birdie putt on the 18th green to force a playoff with Rocco Mediate. Both players would come back to the course on Monday to settle things in the 18-hole playoff. When Mediate bogeyed 9 and 10, Woods had a three-stroke lead and things looked all but over. But Mediate struck back with birdies at 13, 14 and 15 to take the lead. Of course, Woods would birdie the 18th again to send the playoff into a…sudden death playoff. Mediate bogeyed the extra hole and Woods had his miracle victory.
Y.E. Yang, 2009 PGA Championship
The biggest upset in a major? South Korean Y.E. Yang, ranked 110 in the world going into the 2009 PGA Championship, pipped the mighty Tiger Woods to the crown. It was the first time the then world No. 1 had failed to win a major after holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead. It was also the first major victory for a male player born in Asia. So it was no wonder Yang went crazy with his celebrations – bizarrely power-lifting his bag.