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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.
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.
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:
• 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
Senior PGA: Hale Irwin, $2,343,364
LPGA: Annika Sorenstam, $1,236,789
European: Colin Montgomerie, Scotland, £ 798,947
Senior PGA: Hale Irwin, 68.92
LPGA (Vare Trophy): Karrie Webb, 70.00
Men's Major Championship Winners:
U.S. Open: Ernie Els
British Open: Justin Leonard
PGA Championship: Davis Love III
Women's Major Championship Winners:
U.S. Open: Alison Nicholas
duMaurier: Colleen Walker
Nabisco: Betsy King
British: Craig Watson
U.S. Women's: Silvia Cavalleri
British Women's: Alison Rose