Win No. 3: 1997 Mercedes Championships

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  VICTORY NO. 3    previous victory - next victory
DATE
01/12/1997
EVENT
Mercedes Championships
COURSE
La Costa CC
WINNING SCORE
-14 (202)
EARNINGS
$ 216,000
TIGER'S AGE
21 Years Old

SYNOPSIS
Tiger Woods seemed stuck in neutral during the first two rounds of the PGA TOUR's season-opening event that is open only to winners from the previous year. He trailed Tom Lehman, the 1996 Player of the Year, by four shots after 18 holes and again at the midway point of the tournament. Woods managed to punch some excitement into the rain-plagued event, though, when he birdied the last four holes in the way to a third-round 65. Lehman then had to roll in a 35-foot birdie putt on the final hole to tie Woods. La Costa Resort & Spa was virtually under water by Sunday so the decision was made to shorten the tournament to 54 holes and let Woods and Lehman decide the title in sudden death. The seventh hole, a 186-yard, par-3 that is fronted by a pond, was the playoff hole. Lehman hit first and put his ball into the water while Woods' 6-iron settled 10 inches from the pin. The win was Woods' third in nine starts as a pro. Said Lehman: "Tom Lehman was the Player of the Year but Tiger Woods is probably the player of the next two decades."


TOP TEN LEADERBOARD - Mercedes Championships
Pos Player Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Total Strokes To Par
1 Tiger Woods 70 67 65 202 -14
2 Tom Lehman 66 67 69 202 -14
3 Guy Boros 69 68 70 207 -9
T4 Fred Couples 69 69 70 208 -8
T4 Paul Goydos 67 71 70 208 -8
T6 Steve Jones 70 71 68 209 -7
T6 Davis Love III 70 67 72 209 -7
T8 John Cook 70 71 69 210 -6
T8 Jim Furyk 67 68 75 210 -6
T8 Corey Pavin 70 68 72 210 -6

ROUND 3 SCORECARD - La Costa CC
HOLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OUT 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 IN TOTAL
PAR 4 5 3 4 4 4 3 4 5 36 4 3 5 4 3 4 4 5 4 36 72
RND 3 4 3 3 3 4 4 3 3 5 32 3 3 6 5 3 3 3 4 3 33 65


ROUND 2 SCORECARD - La Costa CC
HOLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OUT 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 IN TOTAL
PAR 4 5 3 4 4 4 3 4 5 36 4 3 5 4 3 4 4 5 4 36 72
RND 2 3 4 3 3 4 3 3 3 5 31 4 3 6 4 2 3 5 5 4 36 67


ROUND 1 SCORECARD - La Costa CC
HOLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OUT 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 IN TOTAL
PAR 4 5 3 4 4 4 3 4 5 36 4 3 5 4 3 4 4 5 4 36 72
RND 1 4 5 2 4 4 4 3 4 5 35 4 3 3 4 3 5 4 5 4 35 70


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