Tiger Woods and Steve Scott were tied through 36 holes and it took two
extra holes for Woods to earn his first lead in the match and his place
in golf history. With his win, he clinched his spot in the record book
as the only player to have won three consecutive U.S. Amateur Championships.
At Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore., Woods, 20, of Cypress,
Calif., clinched his historic title by two-putting from eight feet on
the 194-yard, par-3 10th hole, which was played as the second playoff
hole. Scott, 19, of Coral Springs, Fla., had a 2-up advantage with three
holes to play before Woods finished birdie-birdie-par to win the 34th
and 35th holes. After halving the 36th hole, Woods and Scott halved the
first extra hole, the 463-yard, par-4 ninth, both missing birdie putts
inside 15 feet.
Scott broke on top in the morning by winning three of the first five
holes. After the two players traded wins on holes seven and nine, Scott
built his lead to 5 up with back-to-back birdies for wins on Nos. 10 and
11. Each player won two more holes to close out the first 18.
Scott was the equivalent of a 4-under par 68 for his morning round.
Woods was an uncharacteristic 4-over par with just one birdie, which came
on the 17th hole for a win.
Scott held a commanding 5-up lead going into the final 18 holes, but
Woods won the 21st, 22nd and 23rd holes, shooting birdie-birdie-par to
close the lead to 2-up with 13 holes to play.
After 18 holes, Woods was five holes down to Trip Kuehne of McKinney,
Texas, before coming back to win the 1994 title. He was one hole down
to Buddy Marucci of Berwyn, Pa., in 1995 before winning the Championship.
In his fifth Amateur, Woods bettered Bobby Jones' record with 18 consecutive
match play wins and a 20-2 match play record in U.S. Amateur competition.
He was just 18 years old when he became the youngest winner ever.
Woods, who was the qualifying medalist at 7-under-par 136, earned his
place in the final by defeating Stanford University teammate Joel Kribel
of Pleasanton, Calif., 3 and 1, taking control of the match on the back
nine after Kribel had a 2-up lead through the 10th hole.
In his semi-final match, Scott rallied to get past University of Florida
teammate Robert Floyd of Miami Beach, Fla., 3 and 2. It marked a successful
comeback of sorts for Scott, who shot an uncharacteristic 79 on the first
day of stroke play. He rebounded with a 65-145 to make the cut to match
play by one stroke.
The USGA accepted 5,538 entries for the championship, topping the 5,000
mark for the fifth year. The Amateur also received extensive television
coverage-three days on ESPN and the final two days on NBC, where the ratings
were among the best for all of golf in 1996.