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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
Dates April 10–13, 1997
Location Augusta, Georgia
Course(s) Augusta National Golf Club
Organized by Augusta National Golf Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72
Length 6,925 yards (6,332 m)[1]
Field 87 players, 46 after cut
Cut 149 (+5)
Prize fund $2.7 million
Winner's share $486,000
Champion
United States Tiger Woods
270 (−18)
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Augusta  is located in the US
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Location in the United States
Augusta  is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
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Location in Georgia

Tiger Woods won his first major championship, twelve strokes ahead of runner-up Tom Kite. Through 2018, the margin of victory and four-day score of 270 (−18) are tournament records. 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 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 (65-66) 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]

Contents

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)

John Daly, 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

John "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

Nationalities in the fieldEdit

North America (60) South America (0) Europe (14) Oceania (6) Asia (2) Africa (5)
  United States (60)   England (3)   Australia (4)   Japan (2)   South Africa (3)
  Scotland (3)   Fiji (1)   Zimbabwe (2)
  Wales (1)   New Zealand (1)
  Spain (2)
  Germany (1)
  Italy (1)
  Sweden (2)

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Tom Watson   United States 1977, 1981 75 68 69 72 284 −4 4
Fred Couples   United States 1992 72 69 73 72 286 −2 T7
Bernhard Langer   Germany 1985, 1993 72 72 74 68 286 −2 T7
José María Olazábal   Spain 1994 71 70 74 72 287 −1 T12
Craig Stadler   United States 1982 77 72 71 72 292 +4 T26
Larry Mize   United States 1987 79 69 74 72 294 +6 T30
Sandy Lyle   Scotland 1988 73 73 74 75 295 +7 T34
Fuzzy Zoeller   United States 1979 75 73 69 78 295 +7 T34
Jack Nicklaus   United States 1963, 1965, 1966,
1972, 1975, 1986
77 70 74 78 299 +11 T39
Ian Woosnam   Wales 1991 77 68 75 79 299 +11 T39
Ben Crenshaw   United States 1984, 1995 75 73 74 80 302 +14 45

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Gary Player   South Africa 1961, 1974, 1978 76 75 151 +7
Tommy Aaron   United States 1973 77 77 154 +10
Raymond Floyd   United States 1976 79 75 154 +10
Seve Ballesteros   Spain 1980, 1983 81 74 155 +11
Nick Faldo   England 1989, 1990, 1996 75 81 156 +12
Charles Coody   United States 1971 83 77 160 +16
Billy Casper   United States 1970 83 77 160 +16
Gay Brewer   United States 1967 84 79 163 +19
Arnold Palmer   United States 1958, 1960,
1962, 1964
89 87 176 +32
Doug Ford   United States 1957 85 94 179 +35

Source:[6]

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:[7]

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.[8]

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:[7]

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.[9] 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:[7]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, April 13, 1997

Woods won his first major championship, twelve strokes ahead of his nearest competitor, runner-up Tom Kite. It was the largest victory margin for a major until the U.S. Open in 2000, won by Woods with a 15-shot margin.[10] Rocca and Stankowski fell into a tie for fifth.[3]

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

ScorecardEdit

Final round

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:[7]

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. ^ "Masters (scores)". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). April 12, 1997. p. 30. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Historic Leaderboards: 1997 Masters". Augusta Chronicle. Retrieved April 5, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Woods charges to Masters lead". The Daily Reporter. (Spencer, Iowa). Associated Press. April 12, 1997. p. 6. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ "1997 Masters: Recap and Scores for the 1997 Masters Golf Tournament". Archived from the original on September 4, 2009. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 

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