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This Day In Sports History (April 13th) — Tiger Woods

by: JamieD On  Friday, April 13, 2012
Tags:  1997 Masters   PGA   Tiger Woods  

It was on this day in 1997 that Tiger Woods won his first Masters tournament, which was the first major championship of his career.  Woods became the youngest golfer and first African-American to win this prestigious event.

Tiger finished Day One in fourth place, three shots behind leader John Huston, but he would take the lead on day two and never looked back.  He dominated the rest of the weekend and would go on to break the four-day tournament record, shooting 18 under par (270).  His 12-stroke win over second place finisher Tom Kite was also a Masters record, as well as a major championship record.

Woods would earn $486,000 for his victory in 1997.  As for the 2012 Masters tournament champion, Bubba Watson, he earned $1.44-million for his victory on Sunday.  I guess golf has done quite well over the past decade, or so.  I think they can thank Tiger for that.

Here is Tiger at the 1997 Masters.

Notable Birthdays

Sergei Gonchar, NHL – Born April 13th 1974 (age 38) in Chelyabinsk, Soviet Union

Baron Davis, NBA – Born April 13th 1979 (age 33) in Los Angeles, California

Quentin Richardson, NBA – Born April 13th 1980 (age 32) in Chicago, Illinois