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Tiger Mauls U.S. Open Competition

Aired June 19, 2000 - 2:39 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Given the magic he's conjured for us in the past, it's a real trick for Tiger Woods to amaze us anymore, and yet he's done it again. Today, the golf world is again shaking its head after the "Blowout by the Bay," at the 2000 U.S. Open. Woods collected a whole new set of records, as he mauled the world's best by 15 strokes and left "Tiger tracks" across Pebble Beach.

Here he is with CNN's Jim Huber.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

JIM HUBER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: One of the most awesome performances in the history of all of sport, especially in golf. And, Tiger, how do you explain a 15-shot victory in the United States Open?

TIGER WOODS, 2000 U.S. OPEN CHAMPION: Well, it was just one of those weeks where, to be honest with you, I just had -- I made a lot of putts. And I made the important par putts. You know, those are putts you need to make in a tournament and especially a major championship, specifically a U.S. Open. Because you're not going to hit every green, and when you hack out of this rough, its hard to get the ball close.

At Augusta, you miss a green you know, you know, if you have a good green you can get in there stony. Out here, you just hack and hope. And, you know, this week I've made a lot of those big par putts to keep the momentum and to build on what I already had. And for some reason, making a big par putt is a lot better than making a birdie, especially in a tournament like this.

HUBER: Have you had a chance to let it all sink in yet, what this means to you? I mean, all of the records, but more importantly this thing?

WOODS: No, I haven't really. I just got off the green, so it's hard to -- to be honest with you, it's really hard for me to comprehend and grasp what I've done. Even when I won the Masters in '97, I didn't really realize what I had done until probably a year or two after I finished the tournament. And it was just one of those things where I think it's just going to take time.

HUBER: One of the questions that I had all day long was, how do you find the challenge? Where does it come from when nobody is putting any heat on you? WOODS: Well, today I wanted to go out there and make absolutely no bogeys. And that was my game plan all day. And if I could got out there and make no bogeys -- I knew I'd make a birdie here and there, but if I made no bogeys, let's say I made 18 straight pars, you know, Ernie was going to have to shoot a really low round. And that's not really probably realistic out here on this golf course.

And I just that if I could just kept grinding and keep grinding and stick to what I was doing all week, I had a good situation attack. If not, just dump it on the green and move on and concentrate on those big par putts, because I knew I was going to have one or two here and there, and I made all of them.

HUBER: Tiger, congratulations.

WOODS: Thanks, Jimmy.

HUBER: Tiger Woods the overwhelming winner of the 100th United States Open. Now back to you.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

WATERS: All right, Jim Huber. Tiger Woods, congratulations to you.

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