Woods’ first Masters title in 1997 greatly influenced the next stage of golf, while the fifth Blue Shirt he wore last week recalled beautiful memories.
No other golf event in this decade inspires more than Woods being crowned at the Masters last week. 22 years ago, no championship created a fever as big as the first title of “Super Tiger” in Augusta. At that time, the 21-year-old man who had just become a professional for half a year was shocked by winning the Blue Shirt with a record score (-20) and a record gap from the rest (12 sticks).
Woods caused a global fever in 1997 with the Blue Shirt Masters
In 1997, Tim Finchem was a member of the PGA Tour for only three years, witnessing the young rookie champion three times after only 15 entries in the system. Finchem has now retired for three years, has his own Blue Shirt – a member of Augusta National. He was at the Masters all week, before watching the last round of Sunday with millions of people, in a very different perspective.
In 1997, everyone was eager to see what Woods would look like when she became a professional. The golfer previously dominated junior and amateur tournaments, winning the US Junior Amateurs and US Amateurs three times in a row.
It took only two months for Woods to qualify for the Tour Championship after winning twice in the first seven PGA Tour tournaments. At the beginning of the following year, Woods went on to win the Tournament of Champions. Then in April, he had an impressive performance never before seen at the Masters.
Incredible hits from Tiger Woods when winning The Masters in 1997
So far, it is still the most important victory of Woods. It has completely changed the context of the golf village. This sport has suddenly become more colorful thanks to Thai-American golfer.
Now they know so much. 22 years is the gap between the first and most recent major championship of Woods. A lot has happened, making the 15th major in Augusta last week as significant as the first Blue Shirt.