Fuzzy Zoeller won both of his two majors in playoffs….the 1979 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in a three-way sudden-death playoff with Ed Sneed and Tom Watson….and 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 in 1935, which was 36 hole playoff.
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….which is the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf.
Zoeller shared the 54-hole lead in the 1994 British Open Championship after a 3rd round of 64….but finished the tournament in 3rd place….which was his best-ever finish in British Open…..as he missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the 18th green in his 3rd round at Turnberry….which would have tied the record for the best single round at The Open.