Monday 19 March 2018

Hope for Rory McIlroy: How Tiger Woods played through the pain to win 2008 US Open

Tiger Woods with US Open trophy in 2008
Tiger Woods with US Open trophy in 2008
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Rory McIlroy should look no further than his old pal Tiger Woods for hope that he can still play in next week's British Open.

The Irishman ruptured his ligaments in his left foot over the weekend and is a serious doubt ahead of the Open in St Andrews next week.

While he has not ruled himself out of the competition, it is highly unlikely that he will be fit to play and defend his title.

But between now and then, he could do worse than looking back to 2008 when Tiger Woods won the US Open at Torrey Pines. Woods kept quiet about the extent of his knee injury, but it was later revealed that he had torn the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of his left knee and had sustained a double stress fracture in his left tibia.

Woods played though the pain barrier and went on to win the competition.

"I think this is the best (major win), just because of all the things I had to deal with," he said at the time.

"It's a close one with the first [major] that I won [at the 1997 Masters]. I dealt with a few things this week and just had to keep plugging along. All week I just happened to get off to such slow starts and had to just keep battling back, battle back, battle back, and today was another example of that.

"It's unbelievable. I know now why my dad got so emotional in 2002 when I won and brought the trophy back to him. I couldn't have quit in front of all those people."


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