Graeme McDowell Defeats Tiger Woods in Playoff to Win the Chevron World Challenge
In what may have been the best ending to a golf tournament in 2010, Graeme McDowell defeated Tiger Woods in the first playoff hole to capture the Chevron World Challenge. Woods lead the the tournament through the first three rounds and carried a four stroke lead into the final round.
In a back and forth final round, both players went into the 72nd hole tied at 15 under. Hitting his approach first, Tiger stuck his shot to within three feet, putting the pressure on McDowell. Answering the bell, McDowell left his approach 15 feet short of the pin, giving him a chance to make birdie. With the entire golf world expecting Tiger to claim his first victory in 2010, McDowell knocked in his putt, stunning the crowd. Woods, tapped in his putt and the players went back to the 18th tee for the first playoff hole.
On the first playoff hole, McDowell caught a fortunate bounce off a tree, giving him a clear shot at the green. Playing his approach first, McDowell put his approach in almost the same spot he did on the 72nd hole, putting the pressure on Woods. Not a afraid of a challenge, Woods stuck his shot just inside McDowell's, and we were back where we started.
Putting first, McDowell did the unthinkable and knocked in his putt again, leaving Tiger with a pressure packed 10-footer to extend the playoff. In a valiant effort, Woods slid his putt just past the edge of the hole. It marks the first time in his career Tiger went winless in a calendar year. This win adds to an already great year for McDowell. His 2010 accomplishments include winning the US Open, the Tavistock Cup, The Ryder Cup and now the Chevron World Challenge.