Tiger tales: Memories of majors' biggest win ever

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — EDITORS NOTE: Tiger Woods is the only player to hold all four major championships at the same time. He set 20 records when he won the Masters for the first of his 15 majors at age 21. He made the cut in 142 consecutive PGA Tour events. For all his feats, however, nothing illustrated his dominance like his 15-shot victory in the 2000 U.S. Open, the largest margin in major championship history.

The Associated Press interviewed a dozen people who practiced, competed or walked alongside Woods during that landmark victory for this story that first ran in 2010:


Tiger Woods rapped in one last putt, the final stroke of his U.S. Open masterpiece at Pebble Beach. No one had ever been more dominant in 140 years of major championship golf. Those who played with him that week doubt anyone will see such a performance again.

The scoreboard behind the 18th green stood as a monument. Fans didn’t just look at it. They were transfixed by it.

Next to Woods’ name at the top was a row of red numbers that stretched across the holes until it ended at 12 under. The rest of the white board was filled with black numbers: Everyone else was over par, no one within 15…

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