While doing my daily reading rounds, I headed on over to PGAtour.com and noticed a story lurking in the corner of my eye.
Woods ready to begin 10th season on PGA TOUR was the title along with a photo of a young Tiger Woods at a press conference.
I was 15 years old in 1996 and was in the middle of my sophomore year in high school. I remember all the Golf Digest articles and media attention surrounding Tiger Woods and his Pro Career Debute.
He didn’t play all that well in his first tournament, but I remember his “Hello World” announcement and the 300+ yard bomb he hit down the middle on the first hole.
“Hello World” was correct. I still shake my head in shock that merely 1 year later he claimed his first Masters victory and absolutely destroyed the record books. I was already following Tiger Woods’s career, reading magazine articles, etc… and I admit, I was becoming obsessed, just like most of the golf world. It was very difficult to not be impressed with who Tiger Woods was, what he could do, how he could do it, and the way he was absolutely changing the face of golf.
Just as Jack Nicklaus changed the perception of golf and the history of golf during my father’s era, Tiger Woods certaintly has done the same for our current era.
I still believe in my heart that as long as Woods stays competitive and does not get injured, he will break Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 Major Championships. 10 down, 8 to go.
Some statistical Data between 1996 and the end of 2005:
Driving Distance: 1996 – 302.8 yards 2005 – 316.1 yards
Greens in Regulation: 1996 – 71.2% 2005 – 69.9%
Birdie Average: 1996 – 4.51 2005 – 4.57
Scoring Average: 1996 – 69.44 2005 – 68.66
Just a note: When Tiger Wood’s was at his career best in 2001, his scoring average was almost 1 stroke better at 67.79.