CHASKA, Minn. — Tiger Woods knew this day was coming. He just didn’t want to believe it.

He was at Oakmont for a corporate function two months before the 2007 U.S. Open, sitting in an indoor practice facility as he talked about missing the cut a year earlier at Winged Foot. Woods agreed with the notion that perhaps more surprising than him missing the cut in a major was that it took 10 years for it to happen.

“You figure you’re going to have one bad week,” he said.

It also was suggested that at some point, he would have the lead going into the final round of a major and not win.

He was 12-for-12 at that point.

“I don’t know,” Woods said. His smile indicated that he never wanted to consider such a possibility, although reality returned moments later when he added, finishing his thought, “If I keep putting myself in that position.”

The moment arrived Sunday at Hazeltine in the PGA Championship when Y.E. Yang erased a two-shot deficit with pars, took the lead by chipping in for eagle and put Woods away with a birdie on the final hole for a three-shot victory.

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