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02:50  19 may  2019
02:50  19 may  2019 Source:   golfchannel.com

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Here’s a look at the top-5 largest 54-hole leads in men’s major championship history and how the finale played out (courtesy the Golf Channel research unit).

10 shots, Tiger Woods, 2000 U.S. Open

Final round: Woods was at 8 under par, with Ernie Els alone in second place at 2 over. Woods continued his flawless play with a bogey-free, 4-under 67 to win by a major-record 15 shots, at 12 under.

10 shots, Henry Cotton, 1934 Open Championship

Final round: After shooting 67-65-72 to open his big lead, Cotton finished with a 79 at Royal St. George’s. Fortunately for him, it was still good enough for a five-shot win.

9 shots, Tiger Woods, 1997 Masters

Final round: Woods cruised through the first three rounds in his first major start as a pro and shot 3-under 69 Sunday at Augusta National to win by a tournament-record 12 strokes, at 18 under (also a tournament record).

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It' s the largest 36- hole lead in modern major history . It' s the lowest 36-hole score in major history by two shots. And it' s clear Woods, Koepka' s playing partner the past two days who missed the cut with scores of 72 He won the first 14 with big 54 - hole leads and sees Koepka able to do the same now.

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8 shots, Rory McIlroy, 2011 U.S. Open

Final round: Rain softened Congressional Country Club and McIlroy took advantage with rounds of 65-66-68 to stand at 14 under par. He closed with a 2-under 69 to set one of his 11 U.S. Open records that week, with a 16-under-par total. He won by eight.

8 shots, Raymond Floyd, 1976 Masters

Final round: Floyd dominated from start to finish, becoming the fourth wire-to-wire winner in Masters history. His closing 2-under 70 gave him an eight-shot triumph. Floyd's 17-under-par tally tied the tournament scoring record, until Woods broke it in 1997.

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