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U.S. Open Equipment: Then & Now

World Of Difference

How long ago was 2000 -- the last time the U.S. Open visited Pebble Beach GL? Well, the last original "Peanuts" comic strip appeared in newspapers, the musical "Cats" closed on Broadway and Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open using Titleist irons, a 275cc Titleist 975D driver and made waves by using a multilayer, urethane-covered golf ball while the majority of the field was still playing wound balata-covered spheres.

Needless to say, things were a bit different back then, particularly golf equipment. In the following slideshow we take a look back at what the equipment scene was like on the PGA Tour in 2000 as the pros took on Pebble Beach.

-- Text by E. Michael Johnson

Balls

Four months before the Titleist Pro V1 made its tour debut, Tiger Woods' record-breaking U.S. Open win with Nike's solid-core Tour Accuracy set the stage for the paradigm shift to multilayer, urethane-covered balls.
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