Name:Frank Urban "Fuzzy" Zoeller Jr.
Born:Nov 11, 1951 in New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana.
Original/Home Club:New Albany, IN
Played as Wendy's Champions Skins Game (Jan 17/18; unofficial Champions Tr money event; four 2-man teams; alternate shot format). Fuzzy Zoeller & Ben Crenshaw won with a total of 13 skins worth a record $530,000. Second was Greg Norman (Aus) & Jay Haas 4 skins worth $190,000. Third was Gary Player (RSA) & Bernhard Langer (Ger) 1 skin worth $50,000. Jack Nicklaus & Tom Watson were shutout with no skins. (All players from USA unless indicated otherwise). [Royal Ka'anapali GC, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii].
Played as Wendy's Champions Skins Game (Feb 23/24; unofficial Champions Tr money event; four 2-man teams; alternate shot format). Fuzzy Zoeller & Peter Jacobsen won with a total of 6 skins worth $320,000. Second was Jack Nicklaus & Tom Watson 8 skins worth $270,000. Third was Gary Player (RSA) & Loren Roberts 4 skins worth $180,000. Arnold Palmer & Jay Haas were shutout with no skins. (All players from USA unless indicated otherwise). [Royal Ka'anapali GC, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii].
Played as the MasterCard Championship (Jan 23-25; Champions Tour season-opener). Second-placed and defending champion Dana Quigley (USA) finished 1 shot behind Fuzzy Zoeller (USA), who recorded the second of his two Champions Tour wins. [Hualālai course, Hualālai Resort, Big Island, Hawaii].
Played as the (last) Senior Slam (Nov 9/10; unofficial Snr PGA Tr event, for the year's four senior major winners). Second-placed Don Pooley (USA; US Snr Open) finished 1 shot behind Zoeller (USA; Snr PGA). Stewart Ginn (Aus; Snr Plyrs) was third and Jim Thorpe (USA; The Tradition) fourth. [Lost Gold course, Superstition Mtn G&CC, nr Phoenix, AZ].
PGA of America
Played as the Senior PGA Championship (June 6-9). Second-placed Hale Irwin (USA) and Bobby Wadkins (USA) finished 2 shots behind Zoeller (USA), who won his first and only senior major title. [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].
Played as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (Jan 30-Feb 2). Second-placed Payne Stewart (USA) finished 5 shots behind Zoeller (USA). Event reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Cypress Point Club and Spyglass Hill GC].
Played as the Skins Game (Nov 29/30; four-man PGA Tour unofficial money event). Defending champion Zoeller (USA) won with a total of 14 skins worth $370,000. Second was Lee Trevino (USA) 3 skins worth $55,000. Third was Arnold Palmer (USA) 1 skin worth $25,000. Jack Nicklaus (USA) was shut out with no skins. [Stadium (resort) course, PGA West, La Quinta, CA].
Played as the Sea Pines Heritage Classic (April 17-20). Second-placed Chip Beck (USA), Greg Norman (Aus) and Roger Maltbie (USA) finished 1 shot behind Zoeller (USA). [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].
Played as the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic (July 10-13). Second-placed Jodie Mudd (USA) finished 2 shots behind Fuzzy Zoeller (USA), who recorded the last of his ten PGA Tour wins. [River course, Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, VA].
Played as the Hertz Bay Hill Classic (March 7-10). Second-placed Tom Watson (USA) finished 2 shots behind Zoeller (USA). [Bay Hill Club, Orlando, FL].
Played as the Skins Game (Nov 30/Dec 1; four-man PGA Tour unofficial money event). Zoeller (USA) won with a total of 9 skins worth $255,000. Second was Tom Watson (USA) 4 skins worth $100,000. Third was Arnold Palmer (USA) 4 skins worth $80,000. Fourth was defending champion Jack Nicklaus (USA) 1 skin worth $15,000. [Bear Creek GC, Murrieta, nr Temecula, California].
The US Open (84th) (June 14-18). Zoeller (USA) beat Greg Norman (Aus) in an 18-hole playoff: Zoeller 67 (-3), Norman 75 (+5), to record his second major championship win. [West course, Winged Foot GC, Mamaroneck, NY].
Played as the Sea Pines Heritage Classic (April 14-17). Second-placed Jim Nelford (Can) finished 2 shots behind Zoeller (USA). [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].
Played as the inaugural Panasonic Las Vegas Pro-celebrity Classic (Sept 14-18). Second-placed Rex Caldwell (USA) finished 4 shots behind Zoeller (USA), who recorded his fifth PGA Tour win. [Las Vegas CC, Las Vegas, NV. Earlier rounds also at: Desert Inn CC (now Wynn G&CC) (now Wynn G&CC), Dunes CC and Showboat CC (now Wildhorse GC)].
Played as the Colonial National Invitation (May 14-17). Second-placed Hale Irwin (USA) finished 4 shots behind Fuzzy Zoeller (USA). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
Played as the Andy Williams San Diego Open Invitational (Jan 25-28). Second-placed Artie McNickle (USA), Bill Kratzert (USA), Wayne Levi (USA) and Tom Watson (USA) finished 5 shots behind first-time PGA Tour winner Zoeller (USA). [South course, Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA].
The Masters Tournament (43rd) (April 12-15). Playing in his first Masters, Zoeller (USA) beat Ed Sneed (USA) and Tom Watson (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole (par-4 11th). The first Masters to be decided by a sudden-death playoff rather than an 18-hole playoff. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
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