On April 13, 1997, Tiger Woods won the most prestigious golf event, the Masters Tournament. He recorded 12 strokes, making the Masters' most decisive victory. The same was Woods' first triumph in one of the four major championships of golf —the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship, the British Open, and the Masters. Woods' performance was said to be the greatest presentation by a professional golfer in 100 years. It made him the youngest golfer to win the Masters and the first African American descendant to win a major.
Wood's margin of 12 strokes was the highest in the 20th century. He was second to Old Tom Morris' 13-shot scored at the 1862 British Open. By June 1997, Tiger Woods became the world's number one.