Great performances

June 20, 2000

Tiger Woods' 15-stroke victory at the 2000 U.S. Open was one of the greatest individual performances at a major sporting event. Below are some athletes who previously came up big on sports' biggest stages.

Auto racing

Al Unser

1970 Indianapolis 500: Leads 190 of 200 laps for the first of his four Indy 500 victories.


Reggie Jackson

1977 World Series, Game 6: Hits three home runs on three swings, as Yankees beat Dodgers, 8-4, to clinch title.

Don Larsen

1956 World Series, Game 5: Pitches perfect game, striking out seven, on 97 pitches, as the Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 2-0.


Lew Alcindor

1969 NCAA championship game: 37 points, 20 rebounds in UCLA's 92-72 victory against Purdue for third consecutive NCAA title.

Walt Frazier

1970 NBA Finals, Game 7: 36 points, 19 assists; New York Knicks beat Los Angeles Lakers, 113-99.

Magic Johnson

1980 NBA Finals, Game 6: 42 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists; rookie plays all five positions and leads Lakers (playing without Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) to 123-107 title-clinching victory against Philadelphia).

Michael Jordan

1997 NBA Finals, Game 5: Flu-stricken, he scores 38 points, adds seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in Bulls' 90-88 victory.

Bill Walton

1973 NCAA championship game: Scores 44 points (championship record) on 21-for-22 shooting and grabs 13 rebounds in UCLA's 87-66 victory against Memphis State

1977 NBA Finals, Game 6: Has 20 points, 23 rebounds, eight blocks and seven assists as Portland beats Philadelphia, 109-107, to win title.


Joe Louis

1938: Knocks down Max Schmeling five times within a little more than a two-minute span of the first round to avenge his loss a year earlier and defend his heavyweight title for the fourth time


Steve Young

Super Bowl XXIX (1995): Completes 24 of 36 passes for 325 yards and Super Bowl-record six TDs; leads 49ers with 49 rushing yards on five carries as San Francisco routs San Diego, 49-26.


Tiger Woods

1997 Masters: Wins first major title with 18-under 270 score for 12-stroke margin of victory, both tournament records

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

1953 U.S. Open: Wins her third Open championship by 12 strokes.


Wayne Gretzky

1988 Stanley Cup Finals: Edmonton sweeps Boston for fourth title in five years; Gretzky gets a goal and two assists in the deciding game, giving him 31 assists for the playoffs and 13 points in the championship series (both records).

Horse racing


1973 Belmont Stakes: Runs world-record time of 2:24 for 1 1/2 miles and wins by 31 lengths to earn Triple Crown.


Bob Beamon

1968 Summer Games: Long jumps 29 feet, 2 1/2 inches, breaking world record by 1 foot, 10 1/2 inches.

Nadia Comaneci

1976 Summer Games: Gets seven perfect 10s, three gold medals, one silver and one bronze in gymnastics.

Eric Heiden

1980 Winter Games: Earns five individual gold medals in speed skating.

Michael Johnson

1996 Summer Games: Sets world record in 200 meters at 19.32 seconds and breaks Olympic record in 400 at 43.49.

Carl Lewis

1984 Summer Games: Captures four gold medals (100, 200, 4x100, long jump) in track and field and sets then-Olympic record in 200 meters at 19.80.

Jesse Owens

1936 Summer Games: Wins four gold medals (100, 200, 4x100, long jump) in track and field.

Mark Spitz

1972 Summer Games: Wins seven gold medals and sets seven world records in swimming.


Jimmy Connors

1974: Yields a total of six games in six sets in victories against Ken Rosewall in the finals of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

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