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1997 Masters Tournament

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Dates  April 10–13, 1997
Length  6,925 yards (6,332 m)
Winner's share  $486,000
Par  72
Location  Augusta, Georgia
Cut  149 (+5)
Start date  1997
Prize fund  2.7 million USD

Field  86 players, 46 after cut
Organized by  Augusta National Golf Club
Course  Augusta National Golf Club
Similar  2001 Masters Tournament, 2005 Masters Tournament, 2002 Masters Tournament, 1996 Masters Tournament, 2000 US Open

The 1997 Masters Tournament was the 61st Masters Tournament, held April 10–13 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.


Tiger Woods won his first major championship, twelve strokes ahead of runner-up Tom Kite. Through 2015, the margin of victory and four-day score of 270 (−18) are tournament records. Woods also became both the youngest (21) and the first non-white player to win at Augusta.

Woods struggled on his first nine holes of the first round, turning at 4-over-par 40. Making four birdies and an eagle gave him a 6-under-par 30 the back nine for a 70, three shots behind first-round leader John Huston.

In the second and third rounds, Woods scored the best rounds of each day (65-66) to open up a commanding nine-shot lead. A final-round 69 gave Woods a tournament record 270 (−18), bettering the previous record of 271 set by Jack Nicklaus in 1965 and matched by Raymond Floyd in 1976.

Woods' victory set television ratings records for golf; the final round broadcast on Sunday was seen by an estimated 44 million viewers in the United States.


1. Masters champions

Tommy Aaron, Seve Ballesteros, Gay Brewer, Billy Casper, Charles Coody, Fred Couples (9,13), Ben Crenshaw, Nick Faldo (3,9,10,12,13), Raymond Floyd, Doug Ford, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize (9,11), Jack Nicklaus, José María Olazábal, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Craig Stadler, Tom Watson (10,12,13), Ian Woosnam, Fuzzy Zoeller

  • George Archer, Jack Burke, Jr., Bob Goalby, Ben Hogan, Herman Keiser, Cary Middlecoff, Byron Nelson, Henry Picard, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, and Art Wall, Jr. did not play.
  • 2. U.S. Open champions (last five years)

    Ernie Els (9,10,12,13), Lee Janzen (9,10,11), Steve Jones (10,12,13), Tom Kite, Corey Pavin (9,12,13)

    3. The Open champions (last five years)

    John Daly, Tom Lehman (9,10,12,13), Greg Norman (9,10,13), Nick Price (4,9,11)

    4. PGA champions (last five years)

    Paul Azinger (9), Mark Brooks (10,11,12,13), Steve Elkington (11)

    5. U.S. Amateur champion and runner-up

    Steve Scott (a)

  • Tiger Woods forfeited his invitation by turning professional, but qualified via categories 12 & 13.
  • 6. The Amateur champion

    Warren Bladon (a)

    7. U.S. Amateur Public Links champion

    Tim Hogarth (a)

    8. U.S. Mid-Amateur champion

    John "Spider" Miller (a)

    9. Top 24 players and ties from the 1996 Masters

    Mark Calcavecchia (13), David Duval (13), David Frost, Scott Hoch (10,12,13), John Huston, Davis Love III (10,13), Jeff Maggert (13), Scott McCarron, Phil Mickelson (11,12,13), Frank Nobilo (10,11), Mark O'Meara (10,12,13), Loren Roberts (12,13), Bob Tway, Duffy Waldorf (13)

    10. Top 16 players and ties from the 1996 U.S. Open

    David Berganio, Jr., Stewart Cink, John Cook (12,13), Dan Forsman, Jim Furyk (13), Ken Green, Colin Montgomerie, John Morse, Vijay Singh (11,13), Sam Torrance

    11. Top eight players and ties from 1996 PGA Championship

    Per-Ulrik Johansson, Justin Leonard (12,13), Jesper Parnevik, Kenny Perry (13), Tommy Tolles (13)

    12. Winners of PGA Tour events since the previous Masters

    Stuart Appleby, Guy Boros, Michael Bradley (13), Brad Faxon (13), Ed Fiori, Fred Funk (13), Dudley Hart, David Ogrin, Clarence Rose, Jeff Sluman (13), Paul Stankowski, Steve Stricker (13), D. A. Weibring, Willie Wood, Tiger Woods (13)

    13. Top 30 players from the 1996 PGA Tour money list
    14. Special foreign invitation

    Robert Allenby, Yoshinori Kaneko, Mark McNulty, Masashi Ozaki, Costantino Rocca, Lee Westwood

    Missed the cut


    First round

    Thursday, April 10, 1997

    John Huston shot 67 (−5) to lead by one stroke over Paul Stankowski. Tiger Woods shot a 40 (+4) on the first nine, but came back into the clubhouse on the back nine with a score of 30 (−6) for a 70 (−2).

    Second round

    Friday, April 11, 1997

    Woods started the round three strokes back, but a 66 gave him his first lead in a professional major championship, three shots ahead of Colin Montgomerie from Scotland.

    Amateurs: Bladon (+7), Scott (+13), Hogarth (+14), Miller (+19)

    Third round

    Saturday, April 12, 1997

    Woods shot a 65 in the third round to increase his lead to nine shots; the closest competitor was Costantino Rocca from Italy.

    Final round

    Sunday, April 13, 1997

    Woods won his first major championship, twelve strokes ahead of his nearest competitor, runner-up Tom Kite. It was the largest victory margin for a major until the U.S. Open in 2000, won by Woods with a 15-shot margin.


    Final round

    Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par


    1997 Masters Tournament Wikipedia