| June 15–18, 2000|
6,846 yards (6,260 m)
Pebble Beach Golf Links
June 18, 2000
| 156 players, 63 after cut|
Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California, United States
United States Golf Association
PGA TOUR, PGA European Tour, Japan Golf Tour
2002 US Open, 1999 US Open, 2008 US Open, 2001 US Open, 1972 US Open
The 2000 United States Open Championship was the 100th U.S. Open Championship, held June 15–18 at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California. Tiger Woods won his first U.S. Open by a record-setting fifteen strokes over runners-up Ernie Els and Miguel Ángel Jiménez – it remains the most dominating performance and victory in any major championship. As the United States Golf Association wanted to begin the millennium with a memorable tournament, Pebble Beach was moved up two years in the rotation. Notable golfers going into the tournament at large included Jack Nicklaus, playing in his final U.S. Open, Vijay Singh, the year's Masters winner, as well as Ernie Els, and David Duval.
The defending champion, Payne Stewart, died in an aviation accident less than eight months earlier, in October 1999. His death was commemorated many times throughout the week, starting with a group of players simultaneously teeing off from the 18th fairway into the Pacific in a twist on the 21-gun salute. Sergio García wore Stewart's trademark navy plus fours in Stewart's honor in the first round. Nicklaus was asked to take Stewart's spot in the traditional grouping, for the first two rounds, of the prior year's British Open winner (Paul Lawrie), U.S. Amateur winner (David Gossett), and U.S. Open winner.
2000 U.S. Open (golf) Wikipedia
Previous course lengths for major championships6,809 yards (6,226 m) - par 72, 1992 U.S. Open
6,825 yards (6,241 m) - par 72, 1982 U.S. Open
6,806 yards (6,223 m) - par 72, 1977 PGA Championship
6,812 yards (6,229 m) - par 72, 1972 U.S. Open
The 2nd hole was previously played as a par-5.
Thursday, June 15, 2000
Friday, June 16, 2000
Players who started early took advantage of the calm conditions before dense fog came in. The second hole proved difficult for many golfers. USGA officials changed the hole from a par-5 to a par-4. Tiger Woods, with an early starting time, fired a six-under 65 to take the first round lead. 75 golfers were unable to complete their rounds due to fog and finished Friday morning.
Friday, June 16, 2000
Saturday, June 17, 2000
Weather conditions made the course extremely difficult for scoring. Tiger Woods, however, seemed almost impervious to the conditions and continued to make birdies to stretch his lead. On the 6th hole, Woods fired a now famous approach to reach the par-5 in two shots, ripping an iron from deep rough over the ocean and a cypress tree and winding up within 15 feet from the hole. He would two-putt for birdie, would also birdie the 7th and 11th holes. With darkness settling in, Woods and his playing partners decided to attempt to play the 12th hole, a par 3, before halting play. Woods made the most of it, sinking a 30-foot putt for birdie and finishing his day with a large fist pump. Woods played indifferent golf after returning on Saturday and would settle for a two-under par 69. Still, with the scoring average so difficult, he increased his lead to six shots.
Amateurs: Wilson (+4), Baddeley (+11), Barnes (+11), Gossett (+13), Lile (+14), McLuen (+16).
Saturday, June 17, 2000
The 36-hole cut was 149 (+7), and only 63 players advanced to the third round. The low number was attributed to the fact that the cut is the top 60 players and ties, plus anyone within 10 strokes of the leader. Only 17 players were within 10 strokes of Tiger Woods. Conditions on Saturday were brutal for scoring, with the wind blowing hard and the rough difficult to manage. Woods, after finishing his 2nd round 69, made a triple bogey on the third hole but multiple birdies eventually put him back at even par for the round. Woods drained a 15-foot putt on the 9th hole, the most difficult on the course, and finished at even par for the day with a 71. His ten stroke lead was the largest 54-hole lead of a U.S. Open.
Ernie Els shot the low round of the day with a 68, the only round under par all day, to put him into second place.
Sunday, June 18, 2000
Tiger Woods won his third major championship in amazing fashion after a final round 67. Woods began his day by making nine consecutive pars, but he only missed one fairway and one green on his way to an outward 35. He would end his par streak with a birdie at the 10th, while his competitors faltered on the brutal poa annua greens. Woods then made three consecutive birdies at 12, 13 and 14 to move to 12-under par. After a par at 15, Woods then got up and down at both 16 and 17 for pars. He would par the final hole to finish off a bogey-free 67. At twelve strokes under par, he was the only player to finish at even par or better and became the first player in the 106-year history of the U.S. Open to finish at double-digits under par. His aggregate 272 tied what was then the lowest score ever in a U.S. Open set by Jack Nicklaus, Lee Janzen and Jim Furyk, all achieved on par-70 courses. His 15-stroke margin of victory remains the largest in a major championship.
Amateurs: Wilson (+20)
Full final leaderboard
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Tiger Woods would go on to win four majors in a row, the first player since Bobby Jones to simultaneously hold all four major championship titles, otherwise referred to as the "Tiger Slam". The year 2000 is often regarded as the pinnacle of Woods's career.
In a 2011 piece for the ESPN outlet Grantland.com, writer Bill Barnwell argued that Woods' performance at the 2000 U.S. Open was statistically the most dominant by any major championship winner since 1960. When compared to the performance of all golfers who completed four rounds in that event, Woods' score of 272 was 4.12 standard deviations better than the mean of the field he competed against—more than half a standard deviation better than the winner of any other major in that period."Before we went out, I knew I had no chance." – Ernie Els, commenting on Tiger Woods's 10 stroke advantage at the beginning of the final round.
"If you were building the complete golfer, you'd build Tiger Woods." – Mark O'Meara,
"We've been talking about him for two years, I guess we'll be talking about him for the next 20. When he's on, we don't have much of a chance." – Ernie Els, on Tiger Woods
"Records are great, but you don't really pay attention to that. The only thing I know is I got the trophy sitting right next to me." – Tiger Woods, on his dominating performance.