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Tiger Woods' victory at the 1997 Masters (opens in new tab) is arguably the most recognisable and famous moment in the whole of golf. At the event, a 21-year-old Woods produced a record 12-shot victory to become the first African-American/Asian player to win the Masters. (opens in new tab)
Now, to celebrate 25 years since the iconic tournament and victory, CBS will air a Masters special that will feature a sit-down interview with Tiger before Sunday’s conclusion at Augusta National.
CBS announces it will air a Masters special featuring a sit-down interview with Tiger Woods before Sunday’s final round celebrating his 25th anniversary as a Masters champ.Jim Nantz says, "I did not get any indication whether he'd be playing," when they recorded the interview.March 30, 2022
Previously, Tiger had bought out a book on his maiden Major glory at the Masters. Released in 2017 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the win, the book, which was titled 'Tiger Woods Unprecedented: The Masters and Me', described his day to day experiences at Augusta National in 1997.
The book also included a chapter dedicated to the event's aftermath, a chapter dedicated to the changes made to Augusta National since his historic win, as well as a number of never-before-heard stories, including a lesson Woods learnt from two-time major winner, Nick Price.
“I later played with Nick during the 1995 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on Long Island when he shot 66 in the opening round — I shot 74. Afterward, I asked Nick in the locker room how many pins he had gone for. He said he didn’t go for more than a couple, and asked me how many I had tried to get to. ‘Every one,’ I said. He had given me a hell of a lesson right there. You could go low while playing conservative, smart golf in a major. I’ve never forgotten that lesson.”
Along with the announcement of the special, Jim Nantz (opens in new tab), who has been covering the PGA Tour for CBS Sports since the 1980s, as well as anchoring CBS's coverage of the Masters since 1989, stated that at the time of the recording (week after the Genesis Invitational) he had no indication that Tiger would try to play at Augusta National in 2022.
The return of Tiger to competitive action has been one of many mystery since his serious car crash in February 2021 (opens in new tab). However, in December of that year, he made a miraculous return at the PNC Championship (opens in new tab) alongside his son, Charlie, where they finished an equally incredible second place.
Throughout multiple press conferences though, the 15-time Major champion has stated that he can play but only thanks to the aid of a cart, (opens in new tab) just like at the PNC Championship. Woods however, was present at Augusta National recently, playing a practice round with Charlie, as well as close friend, Justin Thomas. (opens in new tab)
Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
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