SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four days and 72 holes are not enough to decide the 108th U.S. Open.
World number-1 Tiger Woods and 158th-ranked Rocco Mediate will play an 18-hole playoff Monday at Torrey Pines to decide the second major of the golf season. It's the first U.S. Open playoff since 2001 when Retief Goosen beat Mark Brooks.
Woods rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to force the playoff. Woods exulted and gave his trademark fist pump and celebrated with caddie Steve Williams following the do-or-lose putt.
Woods is trying for his 14th career major and third U.S. Open title. The 45-year-old Mediate has never won a major but is trying to become the oldest player to win a U.S. Open.
Saying anything is possible, the happy-go-lucky Mediate is 2-and-0 lifetime in playoffs.
Woods also is hampered by pain as he is recovering from knee surgery two months ago. Woods is 14-and-1 lifetime in playoffs.
The playoff is scheduled to start at noon Eastern time.
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