Woods had a unique eating regimen during his historic 1997 run at the Masters.
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The week of the 1997 Masters, Tiger Woods stayed in a house about 10 minutes west of Augusta National Golf Club with family and friends, including Mikey Gout and Jerry Chang.
“I wasn’t one to nap, so that was out,” Woods wrote in The 1997 Masters: My Story (Grand Central Publishing) released March 20. With Canadian Golf Hall of Fame writer Lorne Rubenstein, Woods reflects on his life inside and outside the ropes that led to his historic march to the green jacket in 1997.
“We played some hoops, a lot of Ping-Pong, and some video games. I needed those distractions. I didn’t want to be thinking about the Masters every minute during the week. …
“The house was chill. It was that way all week, because I was home with my friends and family. We got to hang out and have a good time.”
Tiger had to have his meats, too. After he shot 70 in the opening round of the Masters he would win by a record 12 shots, Gout and Chang were hungry and wanted to stop at Arby’s. It turned into a nightly ritual for the rest of the week, Woods wrote, because the two were superstitious. Woods didn’t argue.
“You have to remember I was 21,” Woods said in an exclusive interview with USA TODAY Sports during a promotional tour of the book in March. “Technically, that was my junior year in college. So my friends were there in town and we were just hungry and let’s drive through Arby’s. Every night.
“Once you get hot, now…
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