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The Masters

The Masters From A to Z

April 2014
Fuzzy Zoeller, 1979 masters

Z ...

... is for Zoeller, as in Fuzzy Zoeller, the only player to win the Masters in his first attempt, which he did in 1979. True, you might say Horton Smith and Gene Sarazen won in their first Masters when they won in 1934 and 1935, respectively, but that was the first two years of the tournament's existence, when everyone was new. And while Tiger Woods won in his first attempt as a pro, he already had two runs as an amateur under his belt. But when they talk about the challenge for Masters rookies in solving Augusta National, they often cite Zoeller, who outlasted Ed Sneed and Tom Watson in a playoff, as the rare exception.
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July 28, 2014

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