2000 U.S. Open (golf)

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2000 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 15–18, 2000
Location Pebble Beach, California
Course(s) Pebble Beach Golf Links
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) PGA Tour
European Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Par 71
Length 6,846 yards (6,260 m)[1]
Field 156 players, 63 after cut
Cut 149 (+7)
Prize fund $4,500,000
Winner's share $800,000
United States Tiger Woods
272 (–12)
Pebble Beach Golf Links is located in USA
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Location in the United States

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.[3] 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, beginning with a group of players simultaneously teeing off from the 18th fairway into the Pacific in a twist on the 21-gun salute.[4] Sergio García wore Stewart's trademark navy plus fours in Stewart's honor in the first round.[5] 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.

Course layout

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 381 484 390 331 188 524 106 418 466 3,288 446 380 202 406 573 397 403 208 543 3,558 6,846
Par 4 4 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 35 4 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 5 36 71


Previous course lengths for major championships

The 2nd hole was previously played as a par-5.

Past champions in the field

Made the cut

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Ernie Els  South Africa 1994, 1997 74 73 68 72 287 +3 T2
Hale Irwin  United States 1974, 1979, 1990 68 78 81 69 296 +12 T27
Steve Jones  United States 1996 75 73 75 73 296 +12 T27
Tom Watson  United States 1982 71 74 78 73 292 +12 T27
Tom Kite  United States 1992 72 77 77 71 297 +13 T32
Lee Janzen  United States 1993, 1998 71 73 79 75 298 +14 T37

Missed the cut

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Corey Pavin  United States 1995 72 78 150 +8
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1962, 1967,
1972, 1980
73 82 155 +13
Curtis Strange  United States 1988, 1989 81 81 162 +20

Round summaries

First round

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.

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tiger Woods  United States 65 –6
2 Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain 66 –5
3 John Huston  United States 67 –4
T4 Bobby Clampett  United States 68 –3
Hale Irwin  United States
Loren Roberts  United States
T7 Ángel Cabrera  Argentina 69 –2
Nick Faldo  England
Rocco Mediate  United States
Hal Sutton  United States

Second round

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 landing 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.

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tiger Woods  United States 65-69=134 –8
T2 Thomas Bjørn  Denmark 70-70=140 –2
Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain 66-74=140
T4 José María Olazábal  Spain 70-71=141 –1
Kirk Triplett  United States 70-71=141
T6 John Huston  United States 67-75=142 E
Hal Sutton  United States 69-73=142
Lee Westwood  England 71-71=142
T9 Nick Faldo  England 69-74=143 +1
Vijay Singh  Fiji 70-73=143

Amateurs: Wilson (+4), Baddeley (+11), Barnes (+11), Gossett (+13), Lile (+14), McLuen (+16).

Third round

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.

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tiger Woods  United States 65-69-71=205 –8
2 Ernie Els  South Africa 74-73-68=215 +2
T3 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 73-71-72=216 +3
Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain 66-74-76=216
T5 Phil Mickelson  United States 71-73-73=217 +4
José María Olazábal  Spain 70-71-76=217
T7 John Huston  United States 67-75-76=218 +5
Lee Westwood  England 71-71-76=218
T9 Michael Campbell  New Zealand 71-77-71=219 +6
Nick Faldo  England 69-74-76=219
Loren Roberts  United States 68-78-73=219

Final round

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.

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Tiger Woods  United States 65-69-71-67=272 –12 800,000
T2 Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain 66-74-76-71=287 +3 391,150
Ernie Els  South Africa 74-73-68-72=287
4 John Huston  United States 67-75-76-70=288 +4 212,779
T5 Lee Westwood  England 71-71-76-71=289 +5 162,526
Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 73-71-72-73=289
7 Nick Faldo  England 69-74-76-71=290 +6 137,203
T8 Vijay Singh  Fiji 70-73-80-68=291 +7 112,766
Stewart Cink  United States 77-72-72-70=291
David Duval  United States 75-71-74-71=291
Loren Roberts  United States 68-78-73-72=291

Amateurs: Wilson (+20)

Full final leaderboard


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.[8][9]

In a 2011 piece for the ESPN outlet Grantland.com, writer Bill Barnwell argued that Woods' performance 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.[10]


  • "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.[11]
  • "If you were building the complete golfer, you'd build Tiger Woods." – Mark O'Meara,[11]
  • "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[11]
  • "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.[11]

See also


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  10. Barnwell, Bill (June 24, 2011). "Relative Dominance". Grantland.com. Retrieved April 14, 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 "Woods completes record run at Open". ESPN. Associated Press. June 19, 2000. Retrieved February 9, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Preceded by
2000 Masters
Major Championships Succeeded by
2000 Open Championship

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