WHAT WE SAID
THEN: Unser roared up the twisting 12½-mile gravel road in a record 13:47.9 in
the Jerry Unser Special and drove off with the Pike's Peak Hill Climb for the
WHAT HE SAYS NOW:
"I went on to win three Indy 500s, and I was national champion twice. FACES
IN THE CROWD was the kick-start. After that, people recognize you.... It was a
big, big thing for me."
about being in FACES IN THE CROWD each time I read through the magazine and see
the latest kids in there," says Tiger Woods. "It brings back great
include the first contact from his future college coach. "I saw Tiger's
FACES item when I was the coach at Stanford," says Wally Goodwin, now the
coach at Northern Colorado. "My wife [Nancy Goodwin, Sept. 7, 1987, Golf]
had been a FACE IN THE CROWD. So I cut them both out and sent them to Tiger.
Two weeks later I got a handwritten letter back from him."
Woods spent two
years at Stanford before leaving for the PGA Tour in 1996, where he won twice
in his first eight starts to become Rookie of the Year. Since then, he has won
12 majors, 54 PGA Tour events and become the most famous athlete of his
Still, in one way
Woods remains the modest kid who appeared in FACES. Back then, Woods thought
being in SI was "a big deal," but he didn't show the article to anyone.
As for his mother, he says, "that was a different story."
Sept. 24, 1990
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Tiger, 14, shot a two-under-par 286 for 72 holes to win a national youth golf
tournament at Ridglea Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. He has also won five
Junior World titles, including the Optimist International in San Diego last