Few U.S. Amateur finals were more dramatic than the 1996 edition at Pumpkin Ridge, where two-time defending champion Tiger Woods clashed with 20-year-old underdog Steve Scott. Through 18 holes in the 36-hole finale, Scott looked like anything but a long shot, seizing a 5-up lead through 18 with his then-girlfriend (and now-wife) Kristi Hommel on the bag. But Woods isn’t one to go quietly, and that afternoon in Portland, Ore., was no exception. By the 35th hole, Woods had stormed all the way back to even, and a hole later Scott faced a nervy 5-footer to push the match to overtime. He drained it. Here, from Scott’s new book, Hey, Tiger — You Need to Move Your Mark Back, is how the extra holes unfolded. Needless to say, the bonus session did not lack for Woods’s trademark competitiveness.
The best content delivered directly to your inbox.