04/14/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/14/2019 16:49
'In your life, have you ever seen anything like that?'
Verne Lundquist's iconic reaction to what might be Woods' most incredible shot - the delicate chip-in from behind the green at the par-3 16th - could be answered with just one word. 'No.'
Leading Chris DiMarco by one on a day that would involve 11 hours of golf and 28 holes, due to Saturday weather woes that forced extra play Sunday morning, Woods was in trouble. DiMarco had an 8-foot putt for birdie, while Woods had a near-impossible chip shot, so a two-shot swing was probable.
Then came something improbable.
'All of a sudden, it looked pretty good. All of a sudden, it looked really good. Then it looked like, 'How could it not go in?' ' Woods said. His golf ball hung on the lip for what seemed forever, then, incredibly, it fell in for birdie.
Often forgotten is that Woods finished with bogeys at 17 and 18, but the fact that he won the playoff and put on his fourth green jacket was still a cause for disbelief with DiMarco.
'I went out and shot 68 around here on Sunday ... and 12 under is usually good enough to win,' he said. 'It's just that I was playing against Tiger Woods.'
By the Numbers: Tiger opened with a 74, the only time he has started with a 74 and gone on to win.