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Filling the Void: Tiger and Rocco at the 108th

18 holes weren’t enough, so they faced sudden death

Tiger Woods Drives by Keith Allison is licensed under CC BY SA-2.0

Filling the Void: Tiger and Rocco at the 108th

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We’ve been at this for a while. When we started writing “Filling the Void” pieces, I don’t think we really knew what we were diving into. Within the first couple weeks however, we realized the importance of what we were trying to do. In a time during which live sports were canceled, on hold, or whatever you want to call it, we started exploring games, matches, and rounds of the past.

At first, it was all about what full games we could actually find. Then, as the breadth of what the world was facing came further into focus, leagues with strict copyright laws started loosening restrictions and more and more options landed on our list. Now, here we are, over 100 games later and still going strong. 

The epic at Torrey Pines

It’s 2008. We’re at Torrey Pines in San Diego, California. This particular day holds a lot of significance in the career of Tiger Woods. He is vying to become just the second person to win the Open a third time. He quite literally limped into the 18-hole playoff with issues in his left knee. Soon after, he had surgery on that knee, and this particular US Open was the final major tournament in which Tiger would compete for over a decade.

I’m in my early 30s, so when I think of golf, as a kid, all I can think of is Tiger. I wasn’t around for the greatest days of Arnold Palmer or Jack Nicklaus. Tiger is it for me. So the idea of him playing an 18-hole epic plus one in sudden death followed by years of injury and missing the cut is wild to me. I mean, I lived it. But maybe it wasn’t as significant at the time in my brain because I’ve never followed golf all that closely? Who knows?

What I do know is that Rocco Mediate and Tiger played one for the ages in June of 2008. I don’t often watch golf, but oddly enjoyed every minute of this epic.

Kevin is an actor, director, playwright, and musician who works in tech. He is die hard New England sports and an avid Tottenham supporter. His qualifications include scoring 1 point in his elementary school basketball career, 4 years of mixed little league results, and breaking his arm with a skip-it days before pre-season workouts started for Freshman football.

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