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. Tiger Woods won his first major championship by 12 strokes over Tom Kite. 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]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

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).[3]

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]

Woods started out the round being three off the pace, but with a 66 he took his first lead ever in a professional major championship. At the end of the day, Woods created a gap of three shots over his closest pursuer, Colin Montgomerie from Scotland.[4]

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]

Woods shot a 65 in the third round to increase his lead from three shots to a nine shot lead over his closest competitor, Costantino Rocca from Italy.[5]

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]

Woods would take his first ever major championship with a 12-stroke win over his nearest competitor. This was the largest margin by which a major championship was won until Woods broke his own record at the 2000 U.S. Open, where he won with a 15-shot margin.[6]

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. ^ "Huston: The eagle has landed". Southeast Missourian. Associated Press. April 11, 1997. p. B-1,2. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Woods charges to Masters lead". The Daily Reporter (Spencer, Iowa). Associated Press. April 12, 1997. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "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