This Day In Sports History (June 18th) – Billy Martin
This Day In Sports History (June 19th) — Tiger Woods
The 2000 PGA Tour season may have been the best of Tiger Woods’ career. He kicked it off by winning his first ever US Open title in a landslide. With a final four-round score of 12-under-par, he became the first player in US Open history to finish the tournament at double-digits under-par. He also set a record for largest margin of victory in a Major Championship, finishing 15 strokes ahead of runners-up Ernie Els and Miguel Ángel Jiménez. After shooting six-under-par in the opening round, Woods held a one-stroke lead over Jiménez. That lead increased to six strokes following the second round, 10 strokes following the third, and finally, 15 strokes after 72 holes.
Woods would go on to win the 2000 Open Championship (a.k.a. The British Open), the 2000 PGA Championship, and the 2001 Masters Tournament, becoming the first player since Bobby Jones to simultaneously hold all four major championship titles.
Here are some highlights from Tiger’s historic 2000 US Open Championship performance.
Lou Gehrig, MLB – Born on June 19, 1903 in New York City, New York
Dirk Nowitzki, NBA – Born on June 19, 1978 (age 34) in Würzburg, West Germany
Rashard Mendenhall, NFL – Born on June 19, 1987 (age 25) in Chicago, Illinois