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Bob May will live forever as the man who made Tiger Woods take a deep breath on the way to the 2000 majors. May led by a stroke with four holes to go, but Woods found it within himself to knot it up at the end of regulation, then run away with the victory in the new three-hole PGA playoff format.
 
For a change, Tiger was actually tied for the lead at the end of the first day. But he couldn't seem to shake the field as he had done in the U.S. and British Opens. Scott Dunlap was tied with him at the end of Round 1, was only one behind at the end of the second round, and at the end of the third round Dunlap was tied with May, still just one behind Woods.
 
Complete Coverage of the 2000 PGA Championship
 
Dunlop stepped aside the final day, but May didn't. And it appeared on No. 15 the championship might be May's, with Woods about to go down by three strokes. He was staring at a 15-foot putt for par, not exactly the kind of roller you just stroke into the hole. And May was looking at a six-footer for birdie. Was this the end of the majors' run for Tiger?
 
But Woods put the 15-footer dead in the heart of the cup for par. And then May's effort refused to go down, meaning he would simply make par also.
 
Given a reprieve now and still just one shot back two holes later on 17, Tiger lobbed a wedge to four feet and made the putt. That tied it up and sent the two into 18 deadlocked.
 
Eighteen is a par 5 and both men were safely aboard in two. May, trying to find the cup from 70 feet away, was way too bold and went 15 feet past. But Tiger had a problem, too, and his effort wound up six feet away from the hole.
 
From the fringe, May faced a tough comebacker. He hit it slightly outside the cup, but it came back just enough and caught a lip, falling for the unlikely birdie.
 
Now the onus was on Woods. But somehow you knew he wouldn't miss so important a putt, and sure enough, he put the roller center-cut. The championship was headed for the three-hole playoff.
 
A 20-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole started it right for Tiger. The next hole he scrambled for par, then rescued par on the final hole after he had hit three poor shots. Woods had won, just as he won in monstrous fashion at the U.S. Open, just as he had in easy fashion at the British Open.

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