LA JOLLA, Calif. — It’s the circle of life, Tiger Woods said.
An hour and a half after the U.S. Open was completed — finally — Tiger sat gingerly, with tender left knee extended, on a plain padded chair next to the gorgeous gorge separating the South and North courses of Torrey Pines. In the foreground was his new, enormous trophy, and in the background was the even more enormous Pacific Ocean. Tiger was back home.
“My dad brought me here when I was a little kid and told me someday I would win the U.S. Open here. Now I’ve brought my daughter here, and I’ve won the U.S. Open here.”
Father Earl died two years ago; daughter Sam Alexis will be 1 on Wednesday. “It’s the circle of life.”
The reflective Tiger then turned on that Cheshire cat grin, big as the ravine.
Earlier, Tiger said his third U.S. Open championship “is probably the best ever. All things considered, I don’t know how I ended up in this position, to be honest with you.”
It wasn’t easy for the best- ever victory by the best-ever golfer.
Rocco Mediate was the journeyman, the Tin Man, the Everyman beating Tiger.