Frank Urban “Fuzzy” Zoeller Jr. (born November 11, 1951) is an American professional golfer….who has won ten PGA Tour events….including two major championships. He is one of three golfers to have won the Masters Tournament in his first appearance in the event. He also won the 1984 U.S. Open….which earned him the 1985 Bob Jones Award.
Zoeller won both of his two majors in playoffs….with the first being the 1979 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in a three-way sudden-death playoff with Ed Sneed and Tom Watson…..while the second was at the 1984 U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club….after an 18-hole playoff with Greg Norman. In 1979, Zoeller became the first golfer since 1935 to win The Masters in his first appearance in the event….with the only two other golfers to have won The Masters on their debut at Augusta were the winners of the first two Masters tournaments Horton Smith and Gene Sarazen in 1934 and 1935 respectively….as it was the first sudden-death playoff at The Masters…..as the previous six playoffs were 18-hole rounds on Monday (except 1935, which was 36 holes).
For much of his career, Zoeller was famous for waving a white towel in mock surrender from the fairway of the 72nd hole of the 1984 U.S. Open….after Greg Norman holed a long putt on the 72nd green to tie Zoeller for the tournament lead. At the end of the 18-hole playoff the next day between Norman and Zoeller….which Zoeller won by 8 strokes….Norman waved a white towel himself, returning the joke. Zoeller was voted the 1985 winner of the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf.