Tiger Woods did not only win the 2000 U.S. Open on June 18, he did so having obliterated the rest of the field.
Two decades ago, no one could get near to Woods and his record-breaking performance at Pebble Beach.
Mike Catt got much closer to Jonah Lomu five years earlier, not that he was able to stop him, while Eoin Morgan was delivering his own dominant performance on June 18, 2019.
Here we take a look at three major sporting events to have occurred on June 18 in previous years.
1995 – Lomu steamrollers England
Lomu delivered perhaps the finest individual performance at a Rugby World Cup match when starring for New Zealand against England in the 1995 semi-final.
The wing scored four tries as the All Blacks won 45-29 against an England side that simply could not contain the All Blacks’ number 11.
His first score was the best, as Lomu collected a ball that bounced behind him, held off two England players and then dismissively ploughed over Catt when off-balance before dotting down.
Remembering Hall of Fame inductee, Jonah Lomu, on his birthday. Forever missed. pic.twitter.com/ShkPzZ2ZHa
— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) May 12, 2020
In another incredible demonstration of speed, Lomu crossed for the fourth time when side-stepping Catt to leave the England back grasping at air.
2000 – Woods goes wire-to-wire at Pebble Beach
Stating Woods was the wire-to-wire winner at the 2000 U.S. Open only begins to explain his dominance given his eventual major record 15-stroke advantage.
Woods arrived at the 100th U.S. Open as a two-time major champion and a third looked assured even before the weekend as he had a six-shot lead after 36 holes.
Only playing against himself by the Sunday, Woods parred the opening nine holes before reeling off four birdies in five holes en route to a final-round 67. It was the first of four majors in a row that Woods would win – which became known as the ‘Tiger Slam’.
2019 – Aerial Eoin dismantles Afghanistan attack
Prior to hosting the World Cup on home soil in 2019, England players had mused on the possibility of becoming the first team in ODI history to score 500 runs.
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 18, 2019
It did not quite happen, but the reason for such optimism was evident when they took Afghanistan’s attack apart in making 397-6 in a group-stage game at Old Trafford.
Several records did fall as captain Morgan made the most sixes in an ODI (17), England accrued the most maximums in an ODI (25) while poor Rashid Khan went for 0-110 off his nine overs.
Morgan, who would end up lifting the trophy later that tournament, finished with a frankly ridiculous 148 from 71 balls before England claimed a 150-run success.
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