Tiger's decisive '97 Masters win was historic
April 13, 1997 - At 21, Tiger Woods was the youngest Masters winner. He also shattered several records with his astonishing performance in becoming the first African-American to win one of the four major championships.
His final-round 69 gave him a Masters record 18-under-par 270, breaking the mark of 271 shared by Jack Nicklaus (1965) and Raymond Floyd (1976). His 12-stroke triumph over runner-up Tom Kite was the largest major championship victory margin in the 20th century, three better than the Masters record of nine set by Nicklaus in 1965.
"I've never played a whole tournament with my 'A' game, but this was pretty close, except for the first nine holes Thursday," Woods said.
About being the first of his race to win at Augusta, Woods said, "I wasn't the pioneer. Charlie Sifford, Lee Elder and Ted Rhodes played that role. I said a little prayer and said thanks to those guys. You are the ones who did it for me."Odds 'n' Ends
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