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BOOM TIME
Gary Van Sickle
December 08, 1997
Thanks to Tiger Woods and friends, 1997 will be remembered as the year golf went mainstream
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December 08, 1997

Boom Time

Thanks to Tiger Woods and friends, 1997 will be remembered as the year golf went mainstream

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•Jeff Sluman's victory in the Tucson Chrysler Classic was his first since his only other win, the 1988 PGA, a span of 241 starts.

•José María Olazábal, fully recovered from a foot injury that threatened to end his career, went 2-2-1 as Europe won the Ryder Cup.

•Chris Smith lost his PGA Tour card in '96 but won three Nike tour events to earn a battlefield promotion back to the big Tour.

•Colleen Walker went five years without a victory, then won consecutive starts, including a major, the du Maurier.

•John Daly, after a bender at the Players Championship, admitted that he's an alcoholic, entered rehab and took a two-month break from the Tour.

Comedowns

•Going for a third straight U.S. Women's Open title, Annika Sorenstam missed her first cut in 63 starts.

•Steve Scott, who lost to Tiger Woods in 38 holes in the '96 U.S. Amateur final, failed to qualify for match play at the Amateur this year.

•Daly, sober but suffering from the shakes, walked off the course without a word midway through the second round of the U.S. Open.

•For the first time in eight years, Mike Hill and Lee Trevino each failed to win on the Senior tour.

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