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Woods Captures US Open - 2002-06-17

World number-one ranked golfer Tiger Woods of the United States has captured the eighth major title of his career with a convincing win at the U.S. Open, which was held this year at the Bethpage State Park Black Course on Long Island, New York. The victory adds to the amazing golf legacy Woods has created at a young age.

The 26-year-old Woods seemed oblivious to wind, rain, the best golfers in the world and the longest course in U.S. Open history. He led from start to finish in the most prestigious golf championship in the United States.

Woods easily survived a rain-soaked second round and maintained his lead while other golfers battled ankle-high rough that lined exceptionally narrow fairways. Woods seemed to cruise to victory despite mediocre play Sunday. He finished as the only player under par at three-under 277, and was three shots better than fellow American Phil Mickelson.

"This golf course was playing awfully difficult today with the wind blowing as hard as it was," he said. "I did not get off to the greatest of starts. But I just tried to hang in there somehow and I was fortunate to come out on top."

Woods, who also won the Masters in April, becomes the first golfer since Jack Nicklaus 30-years ago to win the first two major tournaments of the season. No golfer has ever won all four major titles in the same year, although Woods won four straight spanning two years.