How Tiger Beat The Heat In Tulsa
By Lewine Mair
The 2007 PGA Championship in Tulsa was the 13th of the 14 majors that Tiger Woods has under his belt thus far. He handed in a record-equaling
63, which was very nearly a 62 in the
second round, while he demonstrated
more of his skills on the last day as
he shrugged off the advancing Woody
Austin and Ernie Els.
Having had his lead cut to one following a dropped shot at the 14th, he said to
himself, “You got yourself into this mess,
now you’ve got to get yourself out of it.”
He promptly birdied the 15th and finished
with three straight pars to win by two from
Austin and three from Els.
Elin was there to meet her husband on
the green and, much to Tiger’s surprise,
she had their baby daughter, Sam, in her
arms. “It’s a feeling I’ve never experi-
enced before,” he said. “The fact that she
was there sent chills down my spine.”
At that stage, there was no indication
that the world No. 1’s cruciate ligament
– or anything else for that matter – was
shortly to come unstuck. People were
marveling at what he had achieved and
his words at his post-tournament inter-
view only added to their sense of awe.
Tulsa’s heat could not sap Woods’ thirst for his 13th major championship.