When and Where Tiger Woods Won His First Major Championship

Tigers Woods hits a four foot putt on the 18th hole to win the Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia
Tiger Woods celebrates after sinking the final putt at the 1997 Masters for his first win in a major. Steve Munday/Getty Images

The first win in a major championship by Tiger Woods was his victory at the 1997 Masters. And it was a record-setting performance.

Records Woods Set In His First Major Win

Woods set new records at the 1997 Masters, including these:

  • At age 21, he was the youngest-ever winner of The Masters
  • He won by 12 strokes, the largest-ever margin of victory in a Masters
  • His final score of 270 was a new record as lowest winning score in a Masters

Recovery After Rough Start

Woods won the tournament going away despite getting off to a very rough start. He carded a 40 over his opening nine holes. But Woods shot 30 on the second nine that day, then took control in the second round with a 66.

Woods' Standing After Each Round

En route to winning his first major, this is how Woods stood after each round of the 1997 Masters:

  • First round: Shot 70, in fourth place
  • Second round: Shot 66, total of 8-under 136, led by three over Colin Montgomerie
  • Third round: Shot 65, total of 15-under 201, led by nine over Constantino Rocca
  • Fourth round: Shot 69, finished at 18-under 270, won by 12 over Tom Kite

How Fast Did Tiger Get His First Major Win?

Woods earned his first major championship victory in the seventh major he played in. However, the 1997 Masters was the first major Woods played in as a professional; his six previous entries in majors were all while still an amateur. His best finish in those previous majors? He was 22nd (and low amateur) in the 1996 British Open. He was also low amateur (41st place overall) at the 1995 U.S. Open.

As for PGA Tour starts, it was his 15th start on the PGA Tour since turning pro. It was his second-ever PGA Tour win; he finished the 1996 PGA Tour season with a victory at the Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic. Woods' first PGA Tour win happened at the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational.

What Woods Did Next

Woods won his very next start on the PGA Tour, although it was nearly a month after the 1997 Masters that he won in the Byron Nelson Golf Classic. Woods also won the Western Open later in the year. Woods' next major championship victory didn't happen for another two years, though: It came at the 1999 PGA Championship.

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