Tiger Woods is finally getting back to work, but it’s not yet on the golf course.
In a statement released on Tiger Woods’ official website, TigerWoods.com, Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, says that they’ve partnered with the 79-time PGA Tour winner on a new book that will chronicle the events of the 1997 Masters, the tournament that made Tiger Woods a household name.
Tiger Woods himself explains exactly what the book, which does not yet have a title, will cover.
“The 1997 Masters was one of the most important tournaments in my life for many reasons. I think about the hug with my dad and all the events that went on that week. A lot of people know generally about that tournament, but this gives me a chance to tell in detail what happened on and off the course.”
After turning pro at just 20-years-old in August, 1996, after winning his third consecutive U.S. Amateur title, Tiger Woods took the golf world by storm, winning three tournaments (Las Vegas Invitational, Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic, Mercedes Championships) before heading to Augusta National as a 21-year-old for his first Masters as a professional (he had competed in two as an amateur).
Tiger did not start the tournament well, shooting a 4-over-par 40 on the front nine in Thursday’s opening round, but rebounded to shoot a six-under 30 on the back nine and sat three shots back of leader John Huston after the first round. He wouldn’t trail again. After firing a second-round 66, Woods led Colin Montgomerie by three strokes and would run away from the field with a seven-under 65 on Saturday, which gave him a nine-shot lead over Italy’s Constantino Rocca. Tiger finished with a three-under 69 to finish the tournament at 18-under-par, which bested the previous record score of 17-under set by six-time champion Jack Nicklaus in 1965 and matched in 1976 by Raymond Floyd. Woods’ score of 18-under was tied in 2015 by Jordan Spieth.
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Tiger Woods would break 20 records that week, including becoming the youngest player to win the tournament (21 years, three months, 14 days), largest margin of victory (12 strokes), and was the first player of black heritage to ever win a major championship, something Woods has done 13 more times since that historic week, including three more wins at Augusta National. Vice President and Executive Editor at Grand Central Publishing, Gretchen Young, is ecstatic to bring the inside story of Tiger’s historic win to the masses.
“It is a great privilege to help bring to light this vivid account by the legendary Tiger Woods of his barrier-breaking win at the 1997 Masters Tournament. For the first time he shares with readers the personal, professional and societal challenges he experienced in reaching and winning the tournament, providing keen insight from one of the game’s all-time greats on the Masters then and now, as well as on the sport itself.”
The book, which Woods will co-write with Canadian golf writer Lorne Rubenstein, will be Tiger’s second book, the first being 2001’s “How I Play Golf,” which was co-written with the editors of Golf Digest and sold approximately 1.5 million copies. The book will be released next March, just about a month before the 20th anniversary of Woods’ landmark victory and will be released in hardcover, as an e-book, and in audio editions.
As for getting back on the golf course, Tiger Woods is expected to announce his plans for the upcoming U.S. Open later this week.
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