2008 Open, Torrey Pines very personal for Woods


DUBLIN, Ohio – The 2008 U.S. Open will always occupy a special place in Tiger Woods’ legacy and not just because it was the last time he hoisted a major championship trophy.

On Wednesday at the Memorial Woods recalled the victory, a grueling triumph that required an 18-hole Monday playoff on a severely injured leg.

“That ’08 U.S. Open was very important to me, because I knew I was done for the year after that event,” said Woods, who missed the next nine months recovering from the injury.

Torrey Pines, site of the ’08 Open, was also where Woods saw his first professional event when he was a child growing up in Southern California.

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“I watched all the Southern Cal guys, whether it was [Mark] O'Meara, [John] Cook, I watched all of those Southern Cal guys, and I thought it was neat to go out there and be able to watch that tournament,” he said.

Woods also revealed that the Sunday before the ’08 U.S. Open his ex-wife, Elin Nordegren, informed him she was pregnant with the couple’s second child, son Charlie who was born the following year the same week as the Farmers Insurance Open that is held at Torrey Pines.

“A lot of things came together for one special week,” Woods said. “I don't ever want to relive that moment again, the pain I was in for that week. But there are a lot of positive things that happened.”