13th April 1997. A tremor reverberated throughout the golfing world. His name was Tiger Woods.
A 21-year-old black man named Tiger Woods became The Masters champion. He was the youngest ever winner, with the best ever overall score and he was the first non-white winner of the tournament. His appetite for victory was unparalleled and his talent more than backed it up. He lived up to his name and continued to do so for many years to come.
His score of 270 – 18 shots under par – was a tournament record. His winning margin was also a record at 12 strokes, 3 more than Jack Nicklaus’s record. Woods had only turned pro a year before if you needed more amazing facts. Nicklaus seemed happy to concede his record and his ability to obliterate:
“He’s more dominant over the guys he’s playing against than I ever was over the ones I played against. He’s so long, he reduces the course to nothing. Absolutely nothing.”