SAN DIEGO — Tiger Woods’ highlight reel is absurd. The chip-in from behind the 16th green at the 2005 Masters, the holed-out flop shot from behind the green at the 2012 Memorial and, of course, the “better than most” putt from the back of the 17th green at the 2001 Players Championship.
On Tuesday morning, the city of San Diego and the USGA commemorated another of Tiger’s most-iconic shots, the putt he made on Sunday on the 72nd hole of the 2008 U.S. Open to force a Monday playoff with Rocco Mediate.
Mayor Todd Gloria and city council president Jennifer Campbell signed a proclamation and presented it Wednesday morning, steps away from where Tiger hit the famous putt, to announce the official start of United States Open Championship Week. Ironically, a third person’s name is on the official document, city council member Joe LaCava.
The proclamation stating that this is United States Open Championship Week in San Diego. (David Dusek/Golfweek)
A plaque to commemorate Tiger’s famous putt and his eventual victory in 2008 has been placed to the right and short the 18th green. It reads:
“Expect Anything Different? Playing on a fractured leg, Tiger Woods sank a 12-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Rocco Mediate. Woods defeated Mediate in 19 holes the following day to win this third U.S. Open title.”