Tiger Woods to himself during 1997 Masters: 'Just don't screw it up'

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Tiger Woods to himself during 1997 Masters: 'Just don't screw it up'

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Tiger Woods to himself during 1997 Masters: 'Just don't screw it up'

On the 20th anniversary of Tiger Woods’ dominant victory in the Masters, he reveals how he prepared, what advice he received from his dad and what it was like inside the ropes at Augusta National in 1997.

He spoke to USA TODAY Sports in New York on Monday to promote his new book.

“There are a few tournaments throughout my career where I felt, ‘Just don’t screw it up,’” Woods said. “That was one of them.”

Among the insights Woods provides in the 244-page book: how he used a persimmon driver to prepare, why he wears red on Sunday and why he ate Arby’s every night during that 1997 Masters.

“I wanted to take the readers back into what I saw and what I felt from shot to shot. The experiences I felt that were important, that helped me to that victory, not just throughout the week but also throughout my entire life,” Woods said. “I was only 21 at the time, but I had been through a lot, but I also didn’t know a lot. In hindsight, writing it 20 years later, it was quite interesting to remember a lot for the stuff that went on that particular week, and the buildup to it. I still get giddy talking about it because it was so important to my life.”

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