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Filling the Void: The Tournament that Changed Golf Forever

A 21 year old golf phenom introduces himself to the world in a historic way as he runs away with the 1997 Masters to win his first Major on the PGA Tour

The Masters Leaderboard by Ryan Schreiber is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Filling the Void: The Tournament that Changed Golf Forever

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Having a hard time with this whole “social distancing” thing? Yeah – us too. Especially when it comes to the lack of sports. So, we here at The Turf thought we’d offer a way to help ease the pain and suffering. While we may not have any of the current sports leagues to watch live, there is PLENTY of archive footage available at our fingertips. We’ve scoured the internet and assembled some of the most iconic, noteworthy and remarkable sporting events we could find. We also found some mundane, run of the mill matches and contests, that seemed banal at first watch. However, at this point, we’ll take anything that resembles sports, right? Each day, we’ll feature one of the contests and provide you a link where you can relive the glory, exhilaration, and thrill from the comfort of your couch.

Rare are the moments in sport that are truly game-changing in such a massive way. There are plenty of iconic moments across sports – whether team accomplishments or individual feats. It’s just not that often that we see something fundamentally impact a sport in so many ways. On an April weekend back in 1997, we witnessed one such moment.

Today: The 1997 Masters – Final Round

By the time of this broadcast, there wasn’t much drama left to the actual competition. Tiger entered the final round with a 9 stroke lead that proved to be insurmountable. Nonetheless, it’s worth a watch.

Golf Will Never Be The Same

I consider myself a casual golfer, at best. If I’m lucky, I get to play a few rounds a year with my brothers over the course of the summer. I was finishing my senior year of college when this tournament took place, and while I had followed it in the news at the time, I wasn’t totally aware of just how fundamentally Tiger’s first Major victory would change the sport.

I came across this 2017 article by Ryan Lavner, as well as this look back by John Cassidy of The New Yorker. These are just two of the numerous articles written about what Tiger Woods has meant to the sport of golf. His impact, beginning with this tournament, stretched far beyond the courses of the PGA Tour. For those of us who are old enough to have watched his storied, up and down career, it is a wonderful look back to the beginning. If you’re too young to have witnessed it – you should definitely check it out.

See You Tomorrow. Stay Safe. Stay Smart. Wash Your Hands.

Joe is an actor who grew up eating, living and breathing sports. He spent many an afternoon on the soccer or baseball field in his youth (and even gave several other sports a shot) before a series of events put him on the path to pursuing a performing career. Subsequently, he's worked almost every other type of job you could imagine while trying to support that endeavor. Whenever he's not working any of those jobs, he can often be found watching, playing or discussing sports in some way. Most of that banter revolves around the Mets, Giants, Rangers or Manchester United. His short term goal is to fully convert his fiance into a rabid sports fan, not someone who leaves the room whenever he turns a game on.

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