The U.S. Open champ credits watching her grow with getting through knee surgery and winning

By People Staff
June 17, 2008 01:40 PM

Talk about the best Father’s Day ever! Not only did Tiger Woods tie Rocco Mediate on Sunday – then win on the nineteenth hole of a sudden death playoff in the U.S. Open Monday – but he also had his adorable daughter Sam and wife Elin standing by to celebrate his win.

After his historic (and close) victory in San Diego, following months of knee troubles, Woods said, “There’s no way I could have gotten through this without Sam being there … just watching her grow, walking, running now, it’s been just the greatest thing in the world.”

It was the first time Sam, who turns one on Wednesday, attended the Open.

The last time Woods won was in 2002, when his father was still alive.
–Kristin Boehm