Pinpointing Masters moment where Tiger Woods became a legend

With the 2020 Masters, which was scheduled to begin Thursday with the opening round at Augusta National, postponed until November, The Post each day this week is reliving some of the most memorable moments coinciding with each round of the Masters.

Here’s a look at some memorable Thursday Masters moments:

Tiger goes 40-30 in ’97

On his way to making Masters history, Tiger Woods nearly shot his way out of the tournament, going out in 4-over — par 40 in his first nine holes on the Thursday opening round.

That being Woods’ first Masters as a professional (he’d played two as an amateur), it all looked like it might be too much too soon for him. After bogeys on Nos. 1, 4, 8, and 9, Woods missing the cut was a lot more realistic than him winning — let alone winning by a record 12 shots.

“I have to confess, part of you goes, ‘He’s not living up to the hype,’ ’’ Englishman Paul Casey recalled. “You jump straight in and say, ‘He shot 40 on the front nine, he’s never going to come back.’ That’s what makes that win more amazing.’’

Everything changed at the turn. Woods, paired in that first round with defending champion Nick Faldo, figured out his swing flaw on the fly at the 10th tee. He went on to card four birdies and an eagle on the back nine en route to a 30, and he never looked back. Not just for that week, but for the next decade-plus.

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