1997 Masters Tournament

The 1997 Masters Tournament was the 61st Masters Tournament, held April 10–13 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

1997 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
DatesApril 10–13, 1997
LocationAugusta, Georgia
33°30′11″N 82°01′12″W / 33.503°N 82.020°W / 33.503; -82.020Coordinates: 33°30′11″N 82°01′12″W / 33.503°N 82.020°W / 33.503; -82.020
Course(s)Augusta National Golf Club
Organized byAugusta National Golf Club
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par72
Length6,925 yards (6,332 m)[1]
Field86 players, 46 after cut
Cut149 (+5)
Prize fundUS$2.7 million
Winner's share$486,000
Champion
United States Tiger Woods
270 (−18)
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Augusta National is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
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Tiger Woods won his first major championship, twelve strokes ahead of runner-up Tom Kite. The margin of victory is, as of 2021, still the largest in the tournament's history. The four-day score of 270 (−18) was also a tournament record until 2020 when it was beaten by Dustin Johnson. Woods also became both the youngest (21) and the first non-white player to win at Augusta.[2][3]

Woods struggled on his first nine holes of the first round, turning at 4-over-par 40. Making four birdies and an eagle gave him a 6-under-par 30 on the back nine for a 70, three shots behind first-round leader John Huston.[4]

In the second and third rounds, Woods scored the best rounds of each day (66-65) to open up a commanding nine-shot lead. A final-round 69 gave Woods a tournament record 270 (−18), bettering the previous record of 271 set by Jack Nicklaus in 1965 and matched by Raymond Floyd in 1976.

Woods' victory set television ratings records for golf; the final round broadcast on Sunday was seen by an estimated 44 million viewers in the United States.[5]

FieldEdit

1. Masters champions

Tommy Aaron, Seve Ballesteros, Gay Brewer, Billy Casper, Charles Coody, Fred Couples (9,13), Ben Crenshaw, Nick Faldo (3,9,10,12,13), Raymond Floyd, Doug Ford, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize (9,11), Jack Nicklaus, José María Olazábal, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Craig Stadler, Tom Watson (10,12,13), Ian Woosnam, Fuzzy Zoeller

2. U.S. Open champions (last five years)

Ernie Els (9,10,12,13), Lee Janzen (9,10,11), Steve Jones (10,12,13), Tom Kite, Corey Pavin (9,12,13)

3. The Open champions (last five years)

Tom Lehman (9,10,12,13), Greg Norman (9,10,13), Nick Price (4,9,11)

4. PGA champions (last five years)

Paul Azinger (9), Mark Brooks (10,11,12,13), Steve Elkington (11)

5. U.S. Amateur champion and runner-up

Steve Scott (a)

  • Tiger Woods forfeited his invitation by turning professional, but qualified via categories 12 & 13.
6. The Amateur champion

Warren Bladon (a)

7. U.S. Amateur Public Links champion

Tim Hogarth (a)

8. U.S. Mid-Amateur champion

Spider Miller (a)

9. Top 24 players and ties from the 1996 Masters

Mark Calcavecchia (13), David Duval (13), David Frost, Scott Hoch (10,12,13), John Huston, Davis Love III (10,13), Jeff Maggert (13), Scott McCarron, Phil Mickelson (11,12,13), Frank Nobilo (10,11), Mark O'Meara (10,12,13), Loren Roberts (12,13), Bob Tway, Duffy Waldorf (13)

10. Top 16 players and ties from the 1996 U.S. Open

David Berganio Jr., Stewart Cink, John Cook (12,13), Dan Forsman, Jim Furyk (13), Ken Green, Colin Montgomerie, John Morse, Vijay Singh (11,13), Sam Torrance

11. Top eight players and ties from 1996 PGA Championship

Per-Ulrik Johansson, Justin Leonard (12,13), Jesper Parnevik, Kenny Perry (13), Tommy Tolles (13)

12. Winners of PGA Tour events since the previous Masters

Stuart Appleby, Guy Boros, Michael Bradley (13), Brad Faxon (13), Ed Fiori, Fred Funk (13), Dudley Hart, David Ogrin, Clarence Rose, Jeff Sluman (13), Paul Stankowski, Steve Stricker (13), D. A. Weibring, Willie Wood, Tiger Woods (13)

13. Top 30 players from the 1996 PGA Tour money list
14. Special foreign invitation

Robert Allenby, Yoshinori Kaneko, Mark McNulty, Masashi Ozaki, Costantino Rocca, Lee Westwood

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, April 10, 1997

John Huston shot 67 (−5) to lead by one stroke over Paul Stankowski. Tiger Woods shot a 40 (+4) on the first nine, but came back into the clubhouse on the back nine with a score of 30 (−6) for a 70 (−2).[4]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 John Huston   United States 67 −5
2 Paul Stankowski   United States 68 −4
3 Paul Azinger   United States 69 −3
4 Tiger Woods   United States 70 −2
T5 Costantino Rocca   Italy 71 −1
José María Olazábal   Spain
Nick Price   Zimbabwe
T8 Stuart Appleby   Australia 72 E
David Berganio Jr.   United States
Fred Couples   United States
Lee Janzen   United States
Per-Ulrik Johansson   Sweden
Bernhard Langer   Germany
Davis Love III   United States
Colin Montgomerie   Scotland
Tommy Tolles   United States
Willie Wood   United States

ScorecardEdit

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 4
  Woods +1 +1 +1 +2 +2 +2 +2 +3 +4 +3 +3 +2 +1 +1 −1 −1 −2 −2

Source:[6]

Second roundEdit

Friday, April 11, 1997

Woods started the round three strokes back, but a 66 gave him his first lead in a professional major championship, three shots ahead of Colin Montgomerie from Scotland.[7]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tiger Woods   United States 70-66=136 −8
2 Colin Montgomerie   Scotland 72-67=139 −5
3 Costantino Rocca   Italy 71-69=140 −4
T4 Fred Couples   United States 72-69=141 −3
José María Olazábal   Spain 71-70=141
Jeff Sluman   United States 74-67=141
T7 Paul Azinger   United States 69-73=142 −2
Nick Price   Zimbabwe 71-71=142
Paul Stankowski   United States 68-74=142
T10 Ernie Els   South Africa 73-70=143 −1
Davis Love III   United States 72-71=143
Tom Watson   United States 75-68=143

Amateurs: Bladon (+7), Scott (+13), Hogarth (+14), Miller (+19)

ScorecardEdit

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 4
  Woods −2 −3 −2 −2 −3 −3 −3 −4 −4 −4 −4 −4 −6 −7 −8 −8 −8 −8

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[6]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, April 12, 1997

Woods shot a 65 in the third round for 201 (−15) and his lead increased to nine shots; the closest competitor was Costantino Rocca from Italy.[8] Montgomerie's 74 dropped him into a tie for sixth.

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tiger Woods   United States 70-66-65=201 −15
2 Costantino Rocca   Italy 71-69-70=210 −6
3 Paul Stankowski   United States 68-74-69=211 −5
T4 Tom Kite   United States 77-69-66=212 −4
Tom Watson   United States 75-68-69=212
T6 Colin Montgomerie   Scotland 72-67-74=213 −3
Jeff Sluman   United States 74-67-72=213
8 Fred Couples   United States 72-69-73=214 −2
9 José María Olazábal   Spain 71-70-74=215 −1
T10 Fred Funk   United States 73-74-69=216 E
Justin Leonard   United States 76-69-71=216
Jesper Parnevik   Sweden 73-72-71=216
Tommy Tolles   United States 72-72-72=216

ScorecardEdit

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 4
  Woods  −8   −9   −9   −9  −10 −10 −11 −12 −12 −12 −13 −13 −13 −13 −14 −14 −14 −15

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[6]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, April 13, 1997

SummaryEdit

There it is – a win for the ages!

Jim Nantz's call on CBS of Woods' final putt[9]

Woods won his first major championship, finishing 12 strokes ahead runner-up Tom Kite. It was the largest victory margin in Masters history, passing Nicklaus' 9-shot winning margin in 1965, and tied for the second largest victory margin in any major championship, only one stroke behind Old Tom Morris' 13-shot winning margin set at the 1862 Open Championship at Prestwick (a mark Woods later surpassed at the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach when he won by 15 shots).[10] Rocca and Stankowski fell into a tie for fifth.[3]

Final leaderboardEdit

Champion
(a) = amateur
(c) = past champion
Top 10
Place Player Score To par Money (US$)
1   Tiger Woods 70-66-65-69=270 −18 486,000
2   Tom Kite 77-69-66-70=282 −6 291,600
3   Tommy Tolles 72-72-72-67=283 −5 183,600
4   Tom Watson (c) 75-68-69-72=284 −4 129,600
T5   Costantino Rocca 71-69-70-75=285 −3 102,600
  Paul Stankowski 68-74-69-74=285
T7   Fred Couples (c) 72-69-73-72=286 −2 78,570
  Bernhard Langer (c) 72-72-74-68=286
  Justin Leonard 76-69-71-70=286
  Davis Love III 72-71-72-71=286
  Jeff Sluman 74-67-72-73=286

Sources:[11][12]

ScorecardEdit

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 4
  Woods −15 −16 −16 −16 −15 −15 −14 −15 −15 −15 −16 −16 −17 −18 −18 −18 −18 −18
  Kite −4 −5 −5 −4 −4 −3 −4 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −6 −6 −5 −5 −6 −6
  Tolles E −1 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −1 −2 −2 −2 −2 −3 −3 −4 −5 −5 −5
  Watson −5 −6 −6 −6 −7 −6 −3 −4 −4 −5 −5 −6 −6 −6 −6 −5 −5 −4
  Rocca −6 −7 −7 −7 −7 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −4 −3
  Stankowski −5 −4 −3 −2 −2 −2 −3 −3 −2 −3 −2 −2 −2 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Birdie Bogey Double bogey Triple bogey+

Source:[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Masters Scoreboard". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. April 11, 1997. p. 8C.
  2. ^ Reilly, Rick (April 21, 1997). "Strokes of Genius". Sports Illustrated. p. 30.
  3. ^ a b Sirak, Ron (April 14, 1997). "It's Tiger's game now". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. 1B.
  4. ^ a b "Huston: The eagle has landed". Southeast Missourian. (Cape Girardeau). Associated Press. April 11, 1997. p. B1.
  5. ^ "Woods drives Masters ratings up". Free Lance-Star. (Fredericksburg, Virginia). Associated Press. April 16, 1997. p. B5.
  6. ^ a b c d "Historic Leaderboards: 1997 Masters". Augusta Chronicle. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  7. ^ "Woods charges to Masters lead". The Daily Reporter. (Spencer, Iowa). Associated Press. April 12, 1997. p. 6.
  8. ^ Farrell, Andy (April 13, 1997). "Welcome to the Tiger era: US Masters: World's best a record nine shots adrift as Woods starts to take golf into a new dimension". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on September 4, 2009. Retrieved August 28, 2009.
  9. ^ 1997 Masters Tournament Final Round Broadcast The Masters on YouTube (originally broadcast by CBS)
  10. ^ "1997 Masters: Recap and Scores for the 1997 Masters Golf Tournament". Archived from the original on September 4, 2009. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
  11. ^ "Masters – Past Winners & Results". Augusta National Inc. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  12. ^ "Past results – Masters tournament". PGA Tour. Retrieved April 20, 2021.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
1996 PGA Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1997 U.S. Open