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Tiger Woods did not have a very auspicious start to his career at Augusta.
In 1995, as an amateur, he finished the tournament five-over and in 41st place. A year later, he missed the cut, shooting six-over for two rounds.
Even his record-breaking start to his 1997 Masters was not terrific. During a front-nine 40 on Thursday, he bogeyed the first hole and three holes after that, including the par-five eighth.
His bogey on the ninth on Thursday was the last bogey he would make for 50 holes.
By the time it was all said and done, Woods had lapped the field in what can only be called the single most dominating performance ever witnessed at Augusta.
Woods' 12-shot margin of victory was so great that he could have played three more holes than anyone else in the field and probably still would have been tied for the lead.
On Friday, when he took control of the tournament, he played the four par-five holes at five-under.
On Saturday, he made seven birdies against no bogeys while shooting 65.
On Sunday, a day which saw Woods begin with a nine-stroke lead, Woods bogeyed the fifth and seventh holes against five birdies. If Woods had bogeyed the other 11 holes, he still would have won by one stroke.
If you are looking for a player to walk out and strangle the life out of a golf course, Woods is your man. He has clearly shown that he is capable of decimating a course and a field, leaving them, and us, in awe.
That ability was on full display in April 1997.