Watch Tiger Woods' Famous Phoenix Open Hole In One
Turning professional in the August of 1996, Tiger Woods had already claimed three PGA Tour victories ahead of the Phoenix Open that was played at the end of the following January. With expectations high at the prospect of golf's new superstar coming to town, thousands of rowdy fans converged onto the TPC Scottsdale course.
The raucus par three 16th has become a famous landmark on the tour, with the stands and huge crowds generating a gladitorial stadium feel to a hole that suddenly transforms from being a simple text of execution to an examination of a player's nerve under the intense of pressure of thousands of blood-thirsty eyes watching on.
Back in 1997, however, the stands were not part of the experience, but the crowds were there, arguably even more lively than they are now. The 21-year-old Woods - soon destined to win the Masters by 12 shots - took to the tee and played a nine-iron approach to the green. The fans roared. Then they exploded. IT WENT IN!
Almost two decades on, Tiger's hole in one has resonated as one of the most electrifying moments in the tour's recent history, and in many ways represented the start of the many extraordinary and thrilling things that the 14-time major champion would inspire us with.
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