Rare Photos of Tiger Woods' Ace at 1997 Phoenix Open
February 03, 2013
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The Phoenix Open isn't on Tiger Woods's current schedule, but as a 21-year-old rookie in 1997 he gave the event one of its most electrifying moments when he aced the famous 162-yard, par-3 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale on Saturday, the loudest and craziest day of the tournament. Tucson photographer Lori Kavanaugh captured the scene in these exclusive photographs.
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More than 120,000 fans were at TPC Scottsdale that day.
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Woods acknowledged the crowd.
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Woods and caddie Fluff Cowan wait on the tee. (Cowan now caddies for Jim Furyk.)
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Woods and Cowan study the yardage on 16. (Tiger still has that headcover style; he calls it "Frank.")
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Fluff gives the yardage book one more look. He's a long-time Deadhead, which explains the Jerry Garcia beard
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With a 9-iron in hand, Tiger was ready to go.
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Woods holds his follow-through after his tee shot on 16. We're guessing that one felt good.
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That's what jarring a tee shot at 16 at the Phoenix Open feels like.
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Tiger showed much better high-five execution than he would exhibit with caddie Stevie Williams after holing his chip on 16 on Sunday at the 2005 Masters.
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Woods won the 1997 Masters three months later.
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