Tiger Woods at the 2000 U.S. Open
He is only a man, prone to ordinary foibles. But at the 2000 U.S. Open, Tiger Woods seemed more like a machine, ripping through the course with robotic precision while outpacing the field by a record 15 shots. Woods was the only player to break par in the event, putting on a show that Tom Watson later called the greatest display of golf of all time.
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Jack Nicklaus' One-Iron Off the Flagstick on the 71st Hole of the 1972 U.S. Open
"Only God can hit a one-iron," Lee Trevino once said. And that's just what happened on the 17th hole on Sunday at the '72 Open. With a hurting wind howling off the water, Nicklaus, nursing a narrow lead, rifled a one-iron off the flagstick of the par-3, sticking the shot to within five inches of the cup. The result: a tap-in birdie and a three-stroke victory for a higher power known as the Golden Bear.
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Tom Watson's Chip-in on 17 at the 1982 U.S. Open
The 17th giveth and it taketh away. A decade after his triumphant one-iron at the '72 Open, Nicklaus became a victim on the very same par-3 when Tom Watson holed his chip from a grassy tangle just left of the flagstick, pushing him past Jack and on to victory.
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Tiger Woods' Hole-Out For Eagle in Miracle Comeback at 2000 AT&T
Seven strokes back with seven holes to play? Not a problem. Not for Tiger Woods, whose pitching wedge from 97 yards on the 15th hole Monday landed just long, then sucked back into the cup, part of an epic charge that turned Matt Gogel, the one-time leader, into a footnote in the annals of the AT&T.
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Johnny Miller's Time-Capsule Win at the 1994 AT&T
"I play young at Pebble," said a 46-year-old, yip-afflicted Johnny Miller, having taken a rare break from the tower behind 18 to compete in an event he'd won seven years before. Sure enough, there he stood on the final hole on Sunday, needing a two-putt for a time-warp victory. After Miller's jittery two-footer dropped, runner-up Watson, two years Miller's junior, was among the first to greet him. "Congratulations," Watson said. "Now get back in the booth."
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Snow Delay in 1962
Back then, it was known as The Crosby Clambake. But it felt more like Christmas in northern Canada in 1962 when a snow squall descended on the Monterey Peninsula, blanketing the golf course and postponing the start of the final round. Using the delay to burnish his reputation as the Tour's best stand-up comic, Jimmy Demaret quipped: "I know I got loaded last night, but how the hell did I end up in Squaw Valley?"
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Bill Murray Urges D.A. Points to Victory in 2011
He'd never won on Tour, but his idol Bill Murray was his partner, so D.A. Points had that going for him. He also had an eagle on the par-5 14th, which earned him a chest-bump from his amateur sidekick. Along the way, Murray cracked jokes and Points entertained the crowd with his Carl Spackler impression. He might have also quoted Bishop Pickering: "This is the greatest round of my life!"
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Tom Kite Wins the 1992 U.S. Open
Some even-par rounds are better than others. Like the 72 fashioned by Kite during a wind-whipped final round in '92. How hard was it blowing? Kite hit 6-iron on the 100-yard, dowhill, par-3 7th. How well did he scramble? He chipped in for birdie on that hole, one of nine up-and-downs he converted that day.
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Lanny Wadkins Wins the First Sudden-Death Playoff in a Major Championship
Of the six major championships staged at Pebble Beach, five have been U.S. Opens. The exception came in 1977 with a PGA Championship marked by singular moments. This was Lanny Wadkins' only major win, and the first stroke-play major championship decided in a sudden-death playoff. Wadkins beat Gene Littler on the third playoff hole.
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Hale Irwin's Tee Shot Caroms Off the Rocks on 18 in 1984
It's better to be lucky than good, but it really helps if you're a bit of both. Trailing by one on Sunday, Irwin hooked his drive on 18 toward the ocean, but the ball hit a rock and bounced back in play, setting up a tying birdie, and two holes later, a sudden-death win over Jim Nelford.
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