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1997: The Year in Golf


Tiger Woods 1997 Masters

Tiger Woods' first full season on the PGA Tour includes a 12-stroke win at The Masters.

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Tiger Woods' first major championship comes with a 12-stroke win at The Masters.

In his first full season on the PGA Tour, Tiger Woods wins The PGA Player of the Year award.

The Ryder Cup is held outside of the U.S. and Great Britain for the first time, at Valderrama in Spain. Team Europe wins the Cup.

When Jack Nicklaus tees off in the U.S. Open, it is his 150th consecutive major championship appearance.

Mark O'Meara wins the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, his fifth victory in the event.

At the Emerald Coast Classic, Isao Aoki becomes the first player to shoot 60 on the Senior Tour.

John Daly is the first player to finish the PGA Tour season with a driving distance average of more than 300 yards.

When Davis Love III wins the PGA Championship, he becomes only the second player to win the title whose dad was a PGA Professional. (Dave Marr was the first.)

Only 11 golfers on the PGA Tour use a persimmon driver at any point during the year. Justin Leonard and Davis Love III are among the last holdouts, but both switch to metal drivers before year's end (see 2001).

A golfer wearing plastic cleats on his shoes rather than metal spikes wins for the first time on the PGA Tour. The golfer is David Frost and the tournament is Colonial.

Died This Year:

Ben Hogan, 9-time major championship winner
Henry Picard, 1938 Masters, 1939 PGA Championship winner
Joyce Wethered, 4-time British Women's Amateur champion
• Ed Furgol, 1954 U.S. Open champion
• Dave Marr, 1965 PGA Championship winner, television commentator

Money Leaders:

PGA: Tiger Woods, $2,066,833
Senior PGA: Hale Irwin, $2,343,364
LPGA: Annika Sorenstam, $1,236,789
European: Colin Montgomerie, Scotland, £ 798,947

Scoring Leaders:

PGA (Vardon Trophy): Nick Price, 68.98
Senior PGA: Hale Irwin, 68.92
LPGA (Vare Trophy): Karrie Webb, 70.00

Men's Major Championship Winners:

The Masters: Tiger Woods
U.S. Open: Ernie Els
British Open: Justin Leonard
PGA Championship: Davis Love III

Women's Major Championship Winners:

LPGA: Chris Johnson
U.S. Open: Alison Nicholas
duMaurier: Colleen Walker
Nabisco: Betsy King

Amateur Champions:

U.S.: Matt Kuchar
British: Craig Watson
U.S. Women's: Silvia Cavalleri
British Women's: Alison Rose

Ryder Cup:

Europe 14.5, U.S. 13.5

Walker Cup
U.S. 18, Great Britain and Ireland 6

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