A blog about sports history with some game coverage mixed in from the former Martinez News-Gazette sports editor, and beat writer for Unviersity of California Berkeley athletics, Golden State Warriors, Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, San Jose Earthquakes and the San Jose Sharks.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Tiger Woods Wins The Masters
April 13, 1997, golfer Tiger Woods won his first Masters tournament, which was
the first major championship of his career. Woods became the youngest
golfer and first African-American to win this prestigious event.
Tiger Woods after clinching victory at The Master in 1997.
finished Day One in fourth place, three shots behind leader John Huston, but he
would take the lead on day two and never looked back. He dominated the
rest of the weekend and would go on to break the four-day tournament record,
shooting 18 under par (270). His 12-stroke win over second place finisher
Tom Kite was also a Masters record, as well as a major championship record.
would earn $486,000 for his victory in 1997.
On April 17, 2002 Tiger Woods
becomes the third golfer to win The Masters
in two consecutive years, earning his third Masters victory.
Woods would go on to a win record fourth Masters in 2005.
turned professional in 1996, and by April 1997 he had already won his first
major, the 1997
Masters in a record-breaking performance.
first reached the number one position in the world rankings
in June 1997. Through the 2000s, Woods was the dominant force in golf, spending
264 weeks from August 1999 to September 2004 and 281 weeks from June 2005 to
October 2010 as world number one. From December 2009 to early April 2010, Woods
took leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage after he admitted infidelity.
different women, through many worldwide media sources, revealed his multiple
infidelities.This was followed by a loss of form, and his ranking
gradually fell to a low of No. 58 in November 2011.
snapped a career-long winless streak of 107 weeks when he captured the Chevron World
Challenge in December 2011. Currently Tiger is ranked
has broken numerous golf records. He has been world number one for the most
consecutive weeks and for the greatest total number of weeks of any other
golfer. He has been awarded PGA Player of the
Year a record ten times,the Byron Nelson Award for
lowest adjusted scoring average a record eight times, and has the record of
leading the money
list in nine different seasons.
has won 14 professional major golf
championships, the second highest of any player (Jack Nicklaus leads with
18), and 79 PGA Tour
events, second all time behind Sam
has more career
major wins and career PGA
Tour wins than any other active golfer. He is the youngest player to
achieve the career Grand
Slam, and the youngest and fastest to win 50 tournaments on tour.
Woods is only the second golfer, after Jack Nicklaus, to have achieved a career
Grand Slam three times. Woods has won 18 World Golf
Championships, and won at least one of those events in each of the first 11
years after they began in 1999.
With Woods not playing in The Masters this weekend he missed
out on a chance to add on to his five Masters title, which would have given him
a chance at tying Jack Nicklaus for most victories all time at The Masters.
Since The Masters began back in 1934, it has been the first
of the four major championships in golf each year.
Since 1949 the winner of The Masters has won a green jacket,
however, the victor must return it to the clubhouse one year after the time of
that player's victory. In most instances, a first-time champion only removes
the green jacket from the club’s grounds. A golfer who wins the event multiple
times uses the same green jacket awarded upon his initial win (unless he needs
to be re-fitted with a new green jacket).
Champions Dinner, inaugurated by Ben Hogan in 1952, is held
on the Tuesday before each tournament, and is open only to past champions and
certain board members of the Augusta National Golf Club.
legendary golfers, usually past champions, have hit an honorary tee shot on the
morning of the first round. Such golfers have included Fred McLeod, Jock Hutchinson, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. Since 1960, a
semi-social par 3 contest, on a par-3 course on Augusta National's grounds, has
been played on the day before the first round of each Masters Tournament.
has won more Masters Tournaments than any other golfer, winning six times between
1963 and 1986. Other multiple winners include Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods, with four
each; and Jimmy Demaret,
Sam Snead, Gary Player, Nick
Faldo and Phil
Mickelson, with three each. Player, from South Africa, was the
first non-American player to win the tournament in 1961.
Since the Augusta National course first opened in 1933, it
has been modified many times by different architects. Among the changes: greens
have been reshaped and, on occasion, entirely re-designed, bunkers have been
added, water hazards have been extended, new tee boxes have been built,
hundreds of trees have been planted, and several mounds have been installed.
This year Bubba Watson won the Masters at Augusta out pacing
a 20-year old Jordan Spieth. The victory was Watson’s second at The Masters in six attempts, and second in the last three years. His first victory at Augusta came in 2012.
Bubba Watson after clinching victory at The Masters today.
Watson becomes the 17th golfer to win two masters,
and also becomes only the third golfer to complete the feat in their first six
attempts at August.