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May 20, 2002: Woods wins Deutsche Bank Open

Today in History: May 20, 2002: Woods wins Deutsche Bank Open

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Tiger Woods is congratulated by Colin Montgomerie after winning the Deutsche Bank Open. - Gulf News Archives
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2002 - World number one Tiger Woods retained the Deutsche Bank Open, beating Briton Colin Montgomerie in a sudden death playoff at the St Leon-Rot Course. After both players finished on 20-under-par 268, Woods won at the third extra hole with a par when Montgomerie hit his second shot out of the bunker into a lake. It was a disappointing finale for Montgomerie, who having started the day a stroke in front of the 26-year-old Masters champion, carded a closing three-under-par 69 to Woods’s 68. The 38-year-old Scot surged three shots ahead by the second, but was pegged back to just a stroke again by Woods’s eagle on the third. Woods, winner of seven majors, was relentless as he took over the lead for the first time in the tournament at the 67th hole.

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