US Open 2013: Sky Sports picks out the five best wins in US Open history
Last Updated: 01/06/14 6:21pm
The 114th US Open will be staged at Pinehurst in North Carolina starting June 12, all of it live on Sky Sports, and here we look back at five of the most memorable tournaments in the history of the event.
Pinehurst No.2 is sure to provide yet another big storyline, as almost all majors tend to do given their standing in the world of golf.
As always, Sky Sports will bring you all of the action live from the United States, with also online highlights, commentary and features.
Of course, every major win is special, but we've picked out five of the very best from down the years to look at as the build-up to the 2014 US Open gathers pace.
Here's our famous five of US Open victories - let us know your own favourite via the feedback form at the bottom of the page.
2000, Tiger Woods, Pebble Beach
Woods' victory may have lacked drama, but the quality of the golf made up for that as the American left the rest of the field trailing in his wake. Only one shot clear after an opening 65, Woods was six ahead at halfway and 10 in front going into the final round, where a closing 67 saw him finish 15 shots clear on 12 under par. He was the only player to finish under par, with his nearest 'challengers' - Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez - finishing three over. Woods would go on to complete the 'Tiger Slam' by winning the Open Championship and US PGA Championship later that year and the 2001 Masters.
2011, Rory McIlroy, Congressional
Rory McIlroy wins 2011 US Open at Congressional
Another emphatic win, but this time all the more remarkable given what had happened just two months earlier. Leading by four shots with a round to play in the Masters, McIlroy collapsed to a closing 80 at Augusta National that had many questioning his ability to recover. Those questions were answered emphatically as McIlroy led from start to finish to win by eight shots, breaking numerous records along the way. His 16-under-par total of 268 was the lowest in tournament history by four shots.
1982, Tom Watson, Pebble Beach
Watson found himself battling for the title with Jack Nicklaus, who had started the day three behind Watson but compiled five birdies in a row from the third. Nicklaus was safely in the clubhouse on four under when Watson, on the same score, hit his tee shot on the par-three 17th into heavy rough. "Get it close," Watson's caddie Bruce Edwards told him, to which Watson replied: "Get it close? Hell, I'm going to sink it." Sink it he did for an unlikely birdie, and another on the 18th sealed a two-shot win.
1999, Payne Stewart, Pinehurst
Payne Stewart with the US Open trophy in 1999
Stewart had missed out by a single shot to Lee Janzen the year before but was determined not to fall short again. He held a one-shot lead over playing partner Phil Mickelson going into the final round, with the left-hander wearing a beeper in case his pregnant wife went into labour. The tournament came down to the 72nd hole and, when Mickelson missed from 25ft for a winning birdie, Stewart holed from 15 feet for a decisive par before punching the air in triumph. The colourful American was tragically killed in a plane crash a few months later.
1962, Jack Nicklaus, Oakmont
"Everybody says I'm the favourite, but you'd better watch the fat boy," Arnold Palmer said of Nicklaus before play got under way at Oakmont, just 35 miles away from his home town of Latrobe. And, sadly for Palmer, he was spot on. Nicklaus made up five shots with 11 holes to play in the final round and then saw Palmer miss from 20ft to win on the 18th. In the play-off, Nicklaus claimed an early four-shot lead and held on to win 71-74 in what many consider to be a changing of the guard.