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Now for the first time, Tiger Woods reflects on his record-setting win at the 1997 Masters -- both on and off the course.
In 1997, Tiger Woods was already among the most-watched and closely examined athletes in history. But it wasn't until the Masters Tournament that his career would definitively change forever. Woods, then only 21, won the Masters by a historic 12 shots, which remains the widest margin of victory in the tournament's history, making it an iconic moment for him and sports.
Now, 20 years later, Woods is ready to explore his history with the game, how it has changed over the years, and what it was like winning such an important event. With never-before-heard stories, this book provides keen insight from one of the game's all-time greats.
Praise for The 1997 Masters
"Woods writes with absorbing focus and profound emotion." -Publishers Weekly
"A vivid and ultimately satisfying read." - Bookpage
"As vivid on the printed page as it was in person." - GolfDigest
"Provides a rare perspective of golf played at the highest level." -Kirkus
Golf star Woods recalls the start of his landmark career on the 20th anniversary of his mythic 1997 Masters win, which came only a year after his professional debut. The golfer, partnered with veteran journalist Rubenstein (Moe & Me), takes a low-key approach to his meteoric rise, careful to avoid any controversy. He recounts his departure from Stanford after his sophomore year, his impressive record as a golf junior and amateur, and his PGA tour qualification before his first Masters. Woods's father, Earl, taught him a love of golf and competition, and the then-21-year-old rookie got practice time with some of the old guard, such as Ray Floyd, Fred Couples, Jack Nicklaus, and Arnold Palmer, the latter of whom he admires for "his go-for-broke attitude." He reluctantly addresses race by linking his father's blackness and his mother's Thai roots with a concocted term, "Cablinasian," never thinking of himself as African-American. His peerless, strategic analysis of the Augusta National's Masters course shows why the golfer has won 105 tournaments, including U.S. Opens, British Opens, PGA Championships, and Masters tournaments. Sparking yet another comeback into golf's limelight, Woods writes with absorbing focus and profound emotion on two of his favorite subjects: golf and himself.
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Really awesome to read his insights in to that day and many others. Tiger is really articulate. Read the book in one sitting, it was that entertaining. Some of the stories he spoke of I heard about before and was nice to see the pictures at the end such as him clutching the Green Jacket the night he won. Keep the books coming Tiger!
This book took me a long time to finish, but I'm glad I did. It was fun to read tiger's stories, which were from his own point of view. It's clear tiger put a lot of thought into this and it was great to relive his golfing accomplishments. Everyone is going to miss him when he steps away from the game.