In so doing, he became the youngest player ever to win golf's grand slam - the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship. Tiger was 24 years old, beating the record of Jack Nicklaus, who did the trick when he was 26.
As in the U.S. Open, Woods failed to lead in the first round. Ernie Els put up a 66 to pace the pack the first day, but after Round 2, there was no question whom the eventual winner would be. It was Woods by three after the second round, Woods by five after the third, and finally Woods by eight at the conclusion.
David Duval and Els made brief attempts at the title, but Tiger was the only consistent threat after the tournament got into the second round. Els couldn't sustain the excellence after a hot first day. Duval, plagued by a sprained back since the U.S. Open, trimmed Woods' lead to three in the final round. But he self-detonated in the final seven holes, playing them in seven-over-par. Duval needed four strokes alone to extricate himself from the famed 17th hole bunker, and this one was over.
'I could have played as well as I could,' said Els, 'and still not gotten to 20.'