Last years two Goliaths in the Masters drama Nick Faldo and Greg Norman had blown the cut, Faldo 20 shots behind Woods and Norman.
Next year: Stuart Smalley.
Only 47-year-old Tom Kite, who would finish second in the same sense that Germany finished second in World War II, refused to give.
Customize Yours Today fill.So golf is trying to get used to the fact that the man who will rule the game for the next 20 years shaves twice a week and has been drinking legally for almost three months now.Almost 50 years to the day after Jackie Robinson broke major league baseballs color barrier, at Augusta National, a club that no black man was allowed to join until six years ago, at the tournament whose founder, Clifford Roberts, once said, As long.Ryder Cup team that will try to reclaim the trophy from Europe this September in Spain, he suddenly has a one-man Ryder Wrecking Crew on his hands, for Woods wiped out his playing partners from overseas: Englands Faldo by five shots on Thursday, Scotlands Montgomerie.This story on Tiger Woods win at the 1997 Masters first appeared in the April 21, 1997 issue of Sports Illustrated.Thats a bit of an understatement, of course.Issue date: April 21, 1997.Of course, much more than golf was changed at Augusta National last week.Ive started doing it again myself.
But clear in the back, near a service entrance, the black cooks and waiters and busboys ripped off their oven mitts and plastic gloves, put their dishes and trays down for a while, hung their napkins over their arms and clapped the loudest and the.
First, try to hit the middle of the ball in the middle.
The first time I went to the Masters, my father told me, Sit in the bleachers behind the practice area and watch Sam Snead swing.
But I never thought this far through the ceremony.
On each of the first two days he hit a wedge into the 500-yard par-5 15th hole for his second shot.
Even when Masters officials warned him for slow play on the 14th, he kept his head.
Well, said Kite, weve got it down to single digits, dont we?It was the highest-rated golf telecast in history, yet guys all over the country had to tell their wives that the reason they couldnt help plant the rhododendrons was that they needed to find out whether the champion would win by 11.And Greg Normans not Tiger Woods.Folks might have come out with the intention of watching another golfer, but each day the course seemed to tilt toward wherever Woods was playing.Rocca and Tom Watson each trimmed the lead to eight, but mentioning it at all is like pointing out that the food on the Hindenburg was pretty good.Short and pudgy, he pushed through the crowd, elbowing and worming his way, not stopping for any of the cries of heyyy, watchit!Last Saturday his seven birdies were set up by his nine-iron, pitching wedge, sand wedge, putter, gifts for ambulance drivers nine-iron, putter and sand wedge.What did matter was the Mortal Kombat video game and the fact that he was Motaro and his Stanford buddy Jerry Chang was Kintaro and he had just ripped Kintaros mutant head off and now there was green slime spewing out and Tiger could roar.Pagebreak, but Kite did not leave Augusta empty-handed.