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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 will provide keen insight from one of the game's all-time greats.
- ISBN-13: 9781455543588
- ISBN-10: 1455543586
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
- Publish Date: March 2017
- Page Count: 256
- Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-02-06
- Reviewer: Staff
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. Woodss 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 fathers blackness and his mothers Thai roots with a concocted term, Cablinasian, never thinking of himself as African-American. His peerless, strategic analysis of the Augusta Nationals 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 golfs limelight, Woods writes with absorbing focus and profound emotion on two of his favorite subjects: golf and himself. (Mar.)
The beginning of a legend
I may be getting cynical in middle age, but my first thought upon hearing that Tiger Woods was writing a memoir about his triumphant victory at the 1997 Masters was, “How clever! He gets to relive his glory days without having to address the mess that came later in his personal life.”
It’s true that Woods neatly sidesteps the revelations of his serial cheating that became a public spectacle and cast shadows on his storied career. The only mention is on the second-to-last page: “I’ve gone through a lot on and off the course, what with different injuries, changes in the game, and the equipment we use, as well as being married, having kids, and getting publicly divorced. It’s definitely been tough at times.”
To be fair, this book is clearly for fans of golf, not scandals. Woods dives deep into his preparations for and experience at the 1997 Masters. Just 21 at the time, he electrified fans with his decisive win and became a global icon.
At the start of the book, Woods writes compellingly, if briefly, about his childhood as a golf prodigy. Life wasn’t always perfect for the Woods family, who experienced racism after moving to a mostly white city in Southern California. “Some of the residents weren’t happy that a mixed-race family had moved in, and threw things at the house—lemons, limes, rocks,” Woods writes.
Still, Woods remained laser-focused on the sport he loved, dreaming about someday playing at Augusta. He finally did as an amateur, but it was in 1997 that the stars aligned for him. Woods takes readers behind the scenes at the legendary club, writing about the accommodations, his interactions with reporters and other golfers, the African-American staff at the club who snuck out to watch him play and even the types of clubs he chose for major shots throughout the four days.
Capped off by Woods’ reflections on his nagging injuries and what he would change about the course at Augusta, The 1997 Masters: My Story is a vivid and ultimately satisfying read about a singular event in American sports.