Tiger Woods’ Pebble Beach mauling a once-in-a-lifetime feat of greatness | Ewan Murray

Rory McIlroy remains in awe of Woods’s 2000 US Open victory, while Brooks Koepka eyes history of his own this year

They were the best of times within the best of times. If peak Tiger Woods was the year 2000, nothing emphasised his dominance more than the battering of Pebble Beach into submission.

A glance at the final leaderboard from the US Open of 19 years ago makes as staggering reading now as was ever the case: -12 T Woods, +3 M Á Jiménez/E Els, +4 J Huston. Woods’s worst round of the week was 71 in an event where seven over par was sufficient to earn a top-10 finish. “I don’t know if we’ll ever see a performance as dominant as that again,” said Rory McIlroy of Woods’s Pebble procession.

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