By the summer of 1996, the sports world was well aware of a rising young star named Tiger Woods, but he had yet to etch an indelible memory on the game. That changed at Pumpkin Ridge GC, near Portland, Ore., as the 20-year-old Stanford junior chased his third straight U.S. Amateur title. With Nike CEO Phil Knight in the gallery, the event would mark Woods’s final act as an amateur—and give the game its first of many Tiger Moments.
In the title match, Woods battled little-known University of Florida golfer Steve Scott. With his girlfriend, Kristi, serving as his caddie, Scott took a 5-up lead before finally falling in 38 thrilling holes. It was arguably the most dramatic match in U.S. Amateur history.
And now, you can relive it all.
In "All Square," our second installment of GOLF Films, Woods, 40, and Scott, 39, reflect on their epic duel, which included a pivotal moment on the 16th green: After Tiger had forgotten to replace his marker, a noble act of sportsmanship from Scott saved Woods a penalty—and the match. In the film, Scott returns to Pumpkin Ridge to walk the course and recreate a few shots from his clash with Woods. Now a club professional in upstate New York, Scott also reflects on his life and family in the years since the showdown.
Turns out that on that August afternoon 20 years ago, there were actually two winners. You can watch the enitre video at the top of this post.