Larry Mize, who beat Norman in a playoff in the '87 Masters, on why he waited until now to take his first trip to Australia: "I thought it might've taken this long for everyone to forgive me."
The Year of the Tiger
Woods nearly aces the first playoff hole to beat Tom Lehman in the season-opening Mercedes Championships.... Two weeks later, in front of about 20,000 frenzied fans, Woods does ace the 16th during the Phoenix Open.
In a poll taken after the Masters, Woods is recognized by 82% of those questioned, Dennis Rodman by 80% and FBI director Louis Freeh by 8%.
LPGA commish Jim Ritts calls Woods "the Karrie Webb of the men's Tour."
You Go, Guy
Woods's first TV appearance after the Masters is on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where he invents a word, Cablinasian, to describe his multiracial heritage. Oprah draws its best May sweeps ratings in four years.
Foot in Mouth
Woods takes a hit when GQ magazine quotes him telling racial and lesbian jokes.... Fuzzy Zoeller takes a fall when he says at the Masters, "Tell [Woods] not to serve fried chicken next year [at the champions' dinner], or collard greens or whatever the hell they serve."
Thanks to the buzz on Woods, the networks pay twice as much for the Tour's new TV contract.
Woods has four wins by July but can't come up with a fifth and flops with a 1-3-1 record at the Ryder Cup.
Jack Nicklaus on being compared with Woods: "It's certainly a compliment."