1997 Masters Tournament

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1997 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
Dates April 10–13, 1997
Location Augusta, Georgia
Course(s) Augusta National Golf Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72
Length 6,925 yards (6,332 m)[1]
Field 86 players, 46 after cut
Cut 149 (+5)
Prize fund $2,700,000
Winner's share $486,000
Champion
United States Tiger Woods
270 (−18)

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

Tiger Woods won his first major championship, twelve strokes ahead of runner-up Tom Kite. Through 2014, 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]

Defending champion Nick Faldo, a three-time winner at Augusta, missed the cut by seven strokes.

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.[3]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

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 cut[edit]

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, 1962
89 87 176 +32
Doug Ford  United States 1957 85 94 179 +35

Source:[4]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

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).[5]

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

Second round[edit]

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.[6]

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

Third round[edit]

Saturday, April 12, 1997

Woods shot a 65 in the third round to increase his lead to nine shots; the closest competitor was Costantino Rocca from Italy.[7]

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

Final leaderboard[edit]

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.[8]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Masters Scoreboard". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. April 11, 1997. p. 8C. 
  2. ^ Reilly, Rick (April 21, 1997). "Strokes of Genius". Sports Illustrated: 30. 
  3. ^ "Woods drives Masters ratings up". Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA). Associated Press. April 16, 1997. p. B5. 
  4. ^ "Masters (scores)". Toledo Blade. April 12, 1997. p. 30. 
  5. ^ "Huston: The eagle has landed". Southeast Missourian. Associated Press. April 11, 1997. p. B-1,2. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Woods charges to Masters lead". The Daily Reporter (Spencer, Iowa). Associated Press. April 12, 1997. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "1997 Masters: Recap and Scores for the 1997 Masters Golf Tournament". Archived from the original on September 4, 2009. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 

External links[edit]

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

Coordinates: 33°30′11″N 82°01′12″W / 33.503°N 82.020°W / 33.503; -82.020