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Posted March 23, 2012 08:03 pm |

1979: Fuzzy Zoeller wins in first Masters try

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    1979: Fuzzy Zoeller wins in first Masters try
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    1979: Fuzzy Zoeller wins in first Masters try
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    Front Page of The Augusta Chronicle after the 1979 Masters Tournament

First-time participants aren't supposed to contend at the Masters, let alone win. But Fuzzy Zoeller did, surviving the tournament's first sudden-death playoff against Ed Sneed and Tom Watson. He joined Horton Smith and Gene Sarazen as the only men to win in their first try at Augusta National.

On the second playoff hole, the 11th, Zoeller buried his eight-foot birdie putt and flung his putter toward the sky.

1979 Masters

 PlayerFR1R2R3R4 Earn.
1Fuzzy Zoeller-870716970 $50,000
2Ed Sneed-868676976 $30,000
2Tom Watson-868717071 $30,000
4Jack Nicklaus-769717269 $15,000
5Tom Kite-571726872 $13,000
6Bruce Lietzke-467756874 $11,500
7Craig Stadler-369667476 $9,000
7L. Thompson-368707374 $9,000
7Lanny Wadkins-373697073 $9,000
10Hubert Green-274697271 $6,500
10Gene Littler-274716972 $6,500