Fuzzy Zoeller wins the 43rd Masters Tournament
Fuzzy Zoeller birdied the second playoff hole, No. 11, and became the Masters first sudden-death champion.
Ed Sneed, who joined Zoeller and Tom Watson in the playoff, led by five strokes starting Sunday's play, but bogeyed the final three holes. All three golfers parred No. 10, the first hole of the playoff. Zoeller became the first golfer in his inaugural appearance to win the Masters since Gene Sarazen in 1935.Second round play was suspended, due to adverse weather conditions, at 1:45 p.m. and resumed at 3:45 p.m. All play was suspended at 6:30 p.m. and the second round was completed Saturday morning.
Fuzzy Zoeller won the 1979 Masters, but the tournament is perhaps better known for Ed Sneed losing it. Sneed, a solid player on the PGA Tour for many years, began the final round of the 1979 Masters with a 5-stroke lead. He still led by three strokes with three holes to play - but bogied each of those final three holes.
The dropped Sneed into a tie with Zoeller and Tom Watson. All three golfers parred the first playoff hole, then Zoeller won the Green Jacket with a birdie on the second playoff hole.
Zoeller was a Masters rookie in 1979, and he was the first Masters rookie to win the tournament since Gene Sarazen in 1935. The 1979 playoff was also the first sudden-death playoff in the tournament's history.