Golf Majors: Biggest Margins of Victory

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Rory McIlroy set a new PGA Championship record with his eight-shot runaway win at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island. Here are some of the most memorable routs in the history of major championship golf.
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Old Tom Morris, 1862 British Open: 13 shots Morris (1821-1908), one of the most influencial figures in the history of the game, won the 1862 Open Championship by 13 shots -- a record that stood for 138 years, until Tiger Woods topped it in 2000.
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Young Tom Morris. 1869 British Open (11 shots) and 1870 (12 shots) Not to be outdone by his father, Young Tom (1851-1875) won four Open Championships, including an 11-shot win in 1869, and a 12-shot win in 1870.
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Jack Nicklaus, 1965 Masters: 9 shots Nicklaus ran away from a legendary field in the 1965 Masters, beating runners up Arnold Palmer and Gary Player by nine shots. Read More...
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Jack Nicklaus, 1980 PGA Championship: 7 shots Nicklaus won the 1980 PGA Championship by seven shots, a record for the tournament that stood for more than thirty years. Read More...
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Tiger Woods, 1997 Masters: 12 shots Woods burst onto the scene when he won the 1997 Masters by 12 shots over Tom Kite with an 18-under total. Both the margin of victory and total score are Masters records. Read More...
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Tiger Woods, 2000 U.S. Open: 15 shots Woods delivered the most dominant performance in the history of golf during the 2000 U.S. Open. He lapped the field at Pebble Beach, beating runners up Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez by 15 shots. Read More...
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Tiger Woods, 2000 British Open: 8 shots Fresh off his record-setting performance at the 2000 U.S. Open, Woods won the Open Championship at St. Andrews by eight shots. The win was the second leg of Woods's "Tiger Slam," in which he held all four major titles at once. Read More...
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Louis Oosthuizen, 2010 British Open: 7 shots Oosthuizen won his first major in convincing fashion, beating the field by seven shots in the 2010 Open Championship at St. Andrews. Read More...
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Rory McIlroy, 2011 U.S. Open: 8 shots McIlroy finished the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional in a record 16 under par. He ran away from the field, beating Jason Day by eight. Read More...
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Rory McIlroy, 2012 PGA Championship: 8 shots McIlroy's eight-shot win at Kiawah Island eclipsed Nicklaus's seven-shot win at the 1980 PGA Championship. Read More...