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Tiger's playoff-forcing putt at the 2008 U.S. Open from an angle you've never seen before

By T.J. Auclair
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In a career filled with highlights, it's often difficult to pinpoint the best of the best for Tiger Woods.
 
However, very few would argue that his putt to force a playoff in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines isn't among the top 3.
 
If you'll remember, Woods played that week on what was essentially a broken leg and a torn ACL. He hobbled around the scenic La Jolla gem.
 
 
Woods needed a birdie on the par-5 18th hole in the final round to match clubhouse leader Rocco Mediate and force an 18-hole Monday playoff the next day.
 
From 12 feet, on a line that many before him failed to convert from all day, Woods lipped in the putt and the crowds went bunkers.
 
Here's a look at what you saw on TV.
 
 
Woods would defeat Mediate the next day in 19 holes -- 18 holes of the playoff and an additional sudden-death hole. So, 91 holes total for, what to date, is his 14th and last major win. 
 
 
While bumping around on Reddit, one of our PGA.com staffers stumbled upon an angle of the playoff-forcing putt that you've likely never seen before.
 
The post, by Reddit user "snestalgia64," shows a view of the putt from the video camera of a hotel guest, standing on his balcony at the Lodge at Torrey Pines. 
 
The hotel guest, Gary Sedlik, posted the video to YouTube on June 16, 2008 -- shortly after the putt dropped.
 
Here's a look: 
 
 
Obviously, the quality isn't nearly as good as what we saw on TV, but it sure was pretty cool to see that historic putt from another angle, wasn't it?
 

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