Even with Tiger Woods halfway around the world in Dubai, when they tee it up starting Thursday at the legendary par 3 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale, everyone will be trying to mimic one of the iconic moments of Wood’s career.
It was the third round of the 1997 then “Phoenix Open,” when Woods hit one of the defining shots of his young professional career:
Obviously, that video speaks for itself in terms of the pure hysteria that “Tigermania” caused that year. Remember, he would not win the “Hello, World, Masters” until two months later.
Also, of note, Tiger didn’t come close to winning that year in Scottsdale, as 1996 U.S. Open Champion Steve Jones blitzed him and the rest of the field winning by 11 shots.
There have been hole in one’s since at what’s now, the Waste Management Open, but that trailblazing scene from Woods still resonates 20 years after he hit the shot.
Now contemplate this: there have been many remarkable shots hit outside of the majors that you can remember, but when you say “Hole in One,” doesn’t this one come to mind first and foremost?
That’s another demonstration of the power of Tiger, even 20 years later.