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Woods to pen book about 1997 Masters

TIGER Woods will write a book about his historic 1997 US Masters victory to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the achievement next year.

IT was a week that sparked not only a career but a movement and now the 1997 US Masters will be chronicled by the man at the centre of the storm, Tiger Woods.

The 14-time major winner announced on his website overnight that he will co-author a book about his first major victory and the Tiger Mania that swept the world in its aftermath.

Respected Canadian golf writer Lorne Rubenstein, who got unprecedented access to Woods for a TIME magazine interview earlier this year, has been chosen to help Woods pen the words for the book which is, as yet, untitled.

Woods famously won the 1997 Masters by 12 shots after amassing 40 strokes on the first nine holes Thursday.

A back nine 30 for a 2-under total was a harbinger of things to come as Woods went on to post scores of 66-65-69 to set the tournament record at 18-under.

Tom Kite finished runner-up at 6-under, the 12 shot differential still the largest winning margin ever recorded at Augusta National.

"The 1997 Masters was one of the most important tournaments in my life for many reasons," Tiger says in the announcement.

"I think about the hug with my dad and all the events that went on that week. A lot of people know generally about that tournament, but this gives me a chance to tell in detail what happened on and off the course."

The book, published by Grand Central Publishing, will be released in March 2017 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the victory.

"It is a great privilege to help bring to light this vivid account by the legendary Tiger Woods of his barrier-breaking win at the 1997 Masters Tournament," GCP VP and Executive Editor Gretchen Young said.

"For the first time he shares with readers the personal, professional and societal challenges he experienced in reaching and winning the tournament, providing keen insight from one of the game's all-time greats on the Masters then and now, as well as on the sport itself."

The first of four victories for Woods at Augusta, the 1997 Masters drew attention to golf like no other previous achievement in the game's history.

It came only seven years after Augusta National was forced to admit its first black member and the symbolism of Woods, with his multi cultural heritage, decimating the field wasn't lost on the wider world.

The book will be published in multiple formats including hardcover, e-book and audio.



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