No Tiger in return to Torrey, no telling what might happen

No Tiger in return to Torrey, no telling what might happen

The strongest memory from the last U.S. Open at Torrey Pines was accompanied by three words that explain what golf was like then and now. The scene was the 18th hole in the final round of 2008. The consequences were as clear as the late afternoon sky over San Diego in June. Tiger Woods, who had limped his way around the South Course on torn ligaments and a double stress fracture in his left leg, faced a a 12-foot birdie putt. Make it and he would force a playoff against Rocco Mediate. Miss it and he would lose. When the putt somehow curled in the right side of the cup and Woods triple-clutched his arms in raw celebration, Dan Hicks of NBC said, “Expect anything different?” Woods was the singular force in golf even on one leg, even in the toughest test golf offers. Now? Expect pretty much anything. The 121st U.S. Open returns June 17-20 to Torrey Pines, the city-owned course along the Pacific bluffs, and there's no telling what might happen. The two best players in the world, …
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