2000 US Open: Tiger Woods Crushes It

Tiger Woods tees off on the 14th hole during the final round of the 100th US Open on June 18,2000 in Pebble Beach, California
Tiger Woods in the final round of the 2000 US Open. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Tiger Woods won the 2000 U.S. Open. Well, that's quite an understatement. Tiger Woods dominated the 2000 U.S. Open, having his way with Pebble Beach and leaving everyone else in his dust.

Woods finished at 12-under 272. He was the only player to finish under par. The runners-up - Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez - were all the way back at 3-over, 15 strokes behind Woods.

Yes, that's the record for largest margin of victory in the U.S. Open, and also in any major championship.

At 12-under, Woods became the first golfer to finish a U.S. Open at double-digits under par. His 272 total tied the record for lowest total strokes in a U.S. Open.

Woods didn't waste any time jumping out front. He carded a 65 in the first round, which turned out to be the best score of the tournament.

Before that happened, though, many players gathered along the 18th fairway to pay tribute to Payne Stewart. Stewart was the defending champion, but wasn't present; he died in a plane crash about eight months prior. Those golfers along the 18th fairway simultaneously struck balls into the Pacific Ocean as a golfer's way of honoring Stewart.

Woods' lead was six strokes following the second round and 10 strokes following the third round.

The victory was Woods' third major championship win, his first U.S. Open win. It was also the first link in his "Tiger Slam" - Woods went on to win the 2000 British Open and 2000 PGA Championship, and then the 2001 Masters, becoming the first golfer ever to hold all four major trophies simultaneously.

2000 U.S. Open Scores

Results from the 2000 U.S. Open golf tournament played at the par-71 Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif. (a-amateur):

Tiger Woods $800,00065-69-71-67--272
Miguel Angel Jimenez $391,15066-74-76-71--287
Ernie Els $391,15074-73-68-72--287
John Huston $212,77967-75-76-70--288
Lee Westwood $162,52671-71-76-71--289
Padraig Harrington $162,52673-71-72-73--289
Nick Faldo $137,20369-74-76-71--290
Loren Roberts $112,76668-78-73-72--291
David Duval $112,76675-71-74-71--291
Stewart Cink $112,76677-72-72-70--291
Vijay Singh $112,76670-73-80-68--291
Paul Azinger $86,22371-73-79-69--292
Retief Goosen $86,22377-72-72-71--292
Michael Campbell $86,22371-77-71-73--292
Jose Maria Olazabal $86,22370-71-76-75--292
Fred Couples $65,21470-75-75-73--293
Phil Mickelson $65,21471-73-73-76--293
Mike Weir $65,21476-72-76-69--293
Scott Hoch $65,21473-76-75-69--293
Justin Leonard $65,21473-73-75-72--293
David Toms $65,21473-76-72-72--293
Notah Begay III $53,10574-75-72-73--294
Tom Lehman $45,53771-73-78-73--295
Mike Brisky $45,53771-73-79-72--295
Hal Sutton $45,53769-73-83-70--295
Bob May $45,53772-76-75-72--295
Tom Watson $34,06671-74-78-73--296
Steve Jones $34,06675-73-75-73--296
Nick Price $34,06677-70-78-71--296
Hale Irwin $34,06668-78-81-69--296
Steve Stricker $34,06675-74-75-72--296
Lee Porter $28,24774-70-83-70--297
Tom Kite $28,24772-77-77-71--297
Richard Zokol $28,24774-74-80-69--297
Chris Perry $28,24775-72-78-72--297
Rocco Mediate $28,24769-76-75-77--297
Woody Austin $22,05677-70-78-73--298
Angel Cabrera $22,05669-76-79-74--298
Jerry Kelly $22,05673-73-81-71--298
Charles Warren $22,05675-74-75-74--298
Craig Parry $22,05673-74-76-75--298
Ted Tryba $22,05671-73-79-75--298
Lee Janzen $22,05671-73-79-75--298
Bobby Clampett $22,05668-77-76-77--298
Larry Mize $22,05673-72-76-77--298
Thomas Bjorn $15,89170-70-82-77--299
Rick Hartmann $15,89173-75-75-76--299
Sergio Garcia $15,89175-71-81-72--299
Colin Montgomerie $15,89173-74-79-73--299
Scott Verplank $15,89172-74-78-75--299
Mark O'Meara $13,57874-74-78-74--300
Warren Schultte $13,57874-75-74-77--300
Jeff Coston $12,74770-77-80-74--301
Keith Clearwater $12,74774-74-80-73--301
Darren Clarke $12,74771-75-83-72--301
Kirk Triplett $12,15370-71-84-77--302
Jimmy Green $11,76074-75-77-77--303
Dave Eichelberger $11,76078-69-77-79--303
a-Jeffrey Wilson74-72-82-76--304
Jim Furyk $11,42572-74-84-75--305
Brandel Chamblee $11,14470-77-82-77--306
Carlos Franco $11,14474-75-75-82--306
Robert Damron $10,86272-73-84-84--313

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