Woods played practice rounds with former champions Jose Maria Olazabal and Ben Crenshaw, following the advice of his coach Butch Harmon.
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Woods's first round could not have started worse. He hooked multiple tee shots on his front nine and couldn't bail himself out. He shot 40 on the first nine, a record-high score for the eventual winner.
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Woods played alongside defending champion Nick Faldo during the first round. Faldo struggled mightily, shooting 75-81 and missing the cut.
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It was on the back nine at Augusta National where Woods's length shone brightest. As you can see, he's driven the ball right up along the crosswalk.
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During his second round, Woods played in the penultimate group with Paul Azinger, out in front of leaders John Huston and Paul Stankowski.
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The 21-year-old's swing was as flexible and strong as the Tour had yet seen.
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Carrying Woods's bag was longtime Tour caddie Mike 'Fluff' Cowan.
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Woods played nearly flawless golf Friday, making five birdies and an eagle to just one bogey.
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When you finish the second round by signing for 66 and with the 36-hole lead, it's all smiles everywhere you go.
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The smiles stayed around Saturday morning. Woods and Cowan were joined by Butch Harmon on the driving range.
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The look on Montgomerie's face as the round continued tells you everything you need to know. Woods was incredible, using five birdies and an eagle to stretch his lead to nine. Montgomerie shot 74 and famously told the press there was no chance Woods would lose the 1997 Masters.
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Woods's nine-shot lead through 54 holes still stands as a Masters record. On Sunday, he dawned his typical combination of red and black.
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He didn't play the most electric final round. His bogey on the 4th hole was his first since Friday's front nine.
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Woods was always known for wanting to be able to fix his swing on the fly.
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For a player who could occasionally get loose with his driving accuracy, Augusta National's tall, skinny pine trees were the only real trouble for him that week.
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At just 21 years old, Woods was already displaying aspects of his legendary focus.
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On Sunday, Woods shot even on the front nine with two birdies (on the par-5s) and two bogeys.
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Following along, and with his namesake emblazoned across her back, was Woods's mother, Tida.
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Also taking in the scene was Nike founder Phil Knight, who had recently inked Woods to a large sponsorship deal.
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With a birdie on the tricky 11th hole, Woods walked across Hogan's bridge with his caddie and a double-digit lead.
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As the afternoon wore on, the lead grew, and so did the crowds.
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On the 18th, Woods hooked his tee shot hard left and had to meander through the tens of thousands of patrons.
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Woods found the back of the green on the approach and finally showed signs of accepting his victory as he walked to the green.
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With just two putts, Woods set a Masters-record score of 270.
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When the final putt dropped, Woods punched the air, creating a memorable photograph for everyone involved.
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The scene at Augusta National's 18th as Woods hugged Cowan in victory.
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The record score of 18 under has been matched only by Jordan Spieth in 2015.
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Shortly after embracing his caddie, Woods made his way to his father, Earl.
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During the champion ceremony, Earl Woods greets Ron Townsend, the first African-American member at Augusta National.
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Faldo missed the cut but stayed in town to hand Woods his first green jacket.
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It's a scene we would come to see three more times. Woods won the 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005 Masters.