1997 Masters Tournament
|Dates||April 10–13, 1997|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Length||6,925 yards (6,332 m)|
|Field||86 players, 46 after cut|
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.
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).
|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|
|José María Olazábal||Spain|
|David Berganio, Jr.||United States|
|Fred Couples||United States|
|Lee Janzen||United States|
|Davis Love III||United States|
|Tommy Tolles||United States|
|Willie Wood||United States|
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.
|1||Tiger Woods||United States||70-66=136||−8|
|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|
|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|
|1||Tiger Woods||United States||70-66-65=201||−15|
|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|
|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|
|Tommy Tolles||United States||72-72-72=216|
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.
|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|
|Paul Stankowski||United States||68-74-69-74=285|
|T7||Fred Couples||United States||72-69-73-72=286||−2||78,570|
|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|
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1996 PGA Championship
|Major Championships||Succeeded by
1997 U.S. Open