CBS To Air Tiger Woods Interview Prior To Masters Final Round

The interview will be celebrating and focusing on the 25th anniversary of Wood's historic Masters win in 1997

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Tiger Woods' victory at the 1997 Masters 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.

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. 

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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.”

Faldo puts the Green Jacket on Woods

Sir Nick Faldo puts the Green Jacket on Woods at the 1997 Masters

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Along with the announcement of the special, Jim Nantz, 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. However, in December of that year, he made a miraculous return at the PNC Championship 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, 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.

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Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x