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Witness: Ernie Els Runner-up

EVENT: Mercedes Championships, Kapalua Golf Club, Lahaina, Hawaii
DATE: Jan. 9

"At the first event of 2000, Tiger beat me when he holed this
huge putt, 40, maybe 45 feet. I thought then that Tiger was in
for a spectacular year, but winning so many times, by such wide
margins? That I never imagined. Who could?

"They always say about match play, 'Expect your opponent to make
every shot.' I should have been expecting Tiger to make that
45-footer, but I wasn't. He willed in that putt. How you
actually will something in, that's a mystery. It starts with
talent, but from there it goes straight to the mind.

"Tiger sees things differently. He sees the line--not just of
his putts, on all his shots--more clearly. I'd like to know how
he does it. He might not know himself. I know this: The next
time he's standing over a 45-footer, I'll be expecting him to
make it. And I'm going to be ready to make mine right on top of


Strokes under par by Woods in this year's British Open, the most
ever in a major. Steve Elkington and Colin Montgomerie, who were
17 under in the '95 PGA, previously held the record.