Win No. 4: 1997 Masters Tournament

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  VICTORY NO. 4    previous victory - next victory
DATE
04/13/1997
EVENT
Masters Tournament
COURSE
Augusta National GC
WINNING SCORE
-18 (270)
EARNINGS
$ 486,000
TIGER'S AGE
21 Years Old

SYNOPSIS
Tiger Woods' first major championship victory began with a bogey and a 40 on the front side. Not to worry, though. He rallied to shoot 70 in that first round, leaving him three strokes off the pace. He then took the lead with a second-round 66 and never looked back. When he was done, Woods was 18 under and he had won by a record 12 strokes. He set 18 Masters records and tied six others in the process. But this victory in the Deep South was as socially significant as it was numerically historic for the 21-year-old Woods, who is of African and Asian heritage. Among the most lasting memories from the final round are the numerous waiters and kitchen workers who ran out of the massive white antebellum clubhouse to watch Woods finish. Also in the gallery that week was Lee Elder, who broke the color barrier at Augusta National in 1975. "I made history here, and I came back to see more history made today," Elder said. "To have a black champion of a major " that makes my heart feel very, very good. Tiger winning here, it could have more potential than Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier. No one will turn their head when a black man walks to the first tee." When asked about the significance of his victory, Tiger replied: "I wasn't the pioneer. Charlie Sifford, Lee Elder, Ted Rhodes " those are the guys who paved the way. All night I was thinking about them, what they've done for me and the game of golf. Coming up 18, I said a little prayer of thanks to those guys. Those are the guys who did it."


TOP TEN LEADERBOARD - Masters Tournament
Pos Player Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Total Strokes To Par
1 Tiger Woods 70 66 65 69 270 -18
2 Tom Kite 77 69 66 70 282 -6
3 Tommy Tolles 72 72 72 67 283 -5
4 Tom Watson 75 68 69 72 284 -4
T5 Costantino Rocca 71 69 70 75 285 -3
T5 Paul Stankowski 68 74 69 74 285 -3
T7 Fred Couples 72 69 73 72 286 -2
T7 Bernhard Langer 72 72 74 68 286 -2
T7 Justin Leonard 76 69 71 70 286 -2
T7 Davis Love III 72 71 72 71 286 -2
T7 Jeff Sluman 74 67 72 73 286 -2

ROUND 4 SCORECARD - Augusta National GC
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 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 36 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 4 36 72
RND 4 4 4 4 3 5 3 5 4 4 36 4 3 3 4 3 5 3 4 4 33 69


ROUND 3 SCORECARD - Augusta National GC
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 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 36 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 4 36 72
RND 3 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 4 4 32 4 3 3 5 4 4 3 4 3 33 65


ROUND 2 SCORECARD - Augusta National GC
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 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 36 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 4 36 72
RND 2 4 4 5 3 3 3 4 4 4 34 4 4 3 3 3 4 3 4 4 32 66


ROUND 1 SCORECARD - Augusta National GC
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 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 36 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 4 36 72
RND 1 5 5 4 4 4 3 4 6 5 40 3 4 2 4 4 3 3 3 4 30 70


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