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4. Tiger Woods wins golf’s US Open on one leg
Iconic Sportsmen Who Battled On in Serious Injuries
From a time when he seemed to win every tournament he played in, Tiger Woods produced probably his best, and bravest, display at Torrey Pines. Woods had turned up in San Francisco with a knee problem which steadily got worse and worse as the tournament progressed. Grimacing in pain, it was doubtful whether Tiger would complete the four days let alone win the trophy.

But a fantastic putt for a birdie on the last forced a play-off with Rocco Mediate, who then missed a 20-footer on the first extra hole. It gave Woods the title, the last of his 14 Majors, and the magnitude of his achievement only became apparent after the full extent of his injury was known. It turned out Woods had torn the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee and had sustained a double stress fracture in his left tibia, injuries which kept him out for eight months.

He said: “I couldn’t have quit in front of all those people.”
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