Watching from behind the green, in formfitting Nike togs, was Woods's wife of three months, Elin. As Tiger stalked his putt, a Buick official sidled up to Elin and handed her a small Tiffany box wrapped with a bow, a gift for the presumed victor's wife. Asked if she would be rushing out to the green for a congratulatory smooch in front of the cameras--the moment most Tour wives dream of--Elin said, "Oh, no, never." When Woods drained the putt, Elin gave her mother-in-law, Tida, a hug and then dashed through the crowd back toward their nearby hotel room, leaving Tiger alone in the spotlight.
As Woods struggled to win tournaments last year, one of the sillier theories put forth was that being in love had made him soft. After his first Tour victory as a married man, he credited his bride for nursing him back to health and keeping him going during a grueling week. "I'm not a very nice person to be around when I'm sick," Woods said.
He was still a little whiny on Sunday night, even after one of the most satisfying victories of his career. "I really just want to go to sleep," he said.
Jack vs. Tiger
Tiger Woods, 29, has gone 0 for 10 in major championships since he took the 2002 U.S. Open. However, by winning eight of his first 32 majors as a pro--as Jack Nicklaus did--Woods is still on pace to break the Golden Bear's record of 18 major titles. Here's the chronology.
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