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Zoeller in October 2008
|Full name||Frank Urban Zoeller, Jr.|
November 11, 1951 |
New Albany, Indiana
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)|
|Residence||Floyds Knobs, Indiana|
|Spouse||Diane Thornton Zoeller|
|Children||3 daughters, 1 son|
|College||Edison Junior College (FL)
University of Houston
|Current tour(s)||Champions Tour|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in Major Championships
|Masters Tournament||Won: 1979|
|U.S. Open||Won: 1984|
|The Open Championship||3rd: 1994|
|PGA Championship||2nd: 1981|
|Achievements and awards|
|Bob Jones Award||1985|
Frank Urban "Fuzzy" Zoeller, Jr. (pron.: //; born November 11, 1951) is an American professional golfer who has won two major championships. He is one of three golfers to have won The Masters in his first appearance in the event. He also won the 1984 U.S. Open, which earned him the 1985 Bob Jones Award.
Life and career 
Born and raised in New Albany in southern Indiana, Zoeller attended Edison Junior College in Florida, transferred to the University of Houston, and became a professional golfer in 1973. 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. 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. It was the first sudden-death playoff at The Masters; 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 shared the 54-hole lead in the 1994 Open Championship after a 3rd round of 64, but finished the tournament in 3rd place, his best-ever finish in the British Open. Zoeller 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 British Open.
Zoeller is often jokingly critical of his colleagues on the golf course, for instance, asking "Where are the windmills and animals?" on a newly designed golf course, or heckling Craig Stadler, saying, "Nice clods, Stadler. Did you get those at a Buster Brown fire sale?"
At the 1997 Masters tournament, Zoeller made an off-hand remark regarding Tiger Woods. After finishing tied for 34th place with a score of 78, Zoeller, referring to the following year's Masters Champions Dinner, for which the defending champion selects the menu, said, "He's doing quite well, pretty impressive. That little boy is driving well and he's putting well. He's doing everything it takes to win. So, you know what you guys do when he gets in here? You pat him on the back and say congratulations and enjoy it and tell him not to serve fried chicken next year. Got it." Zoeller then smiled, snapped his fingers, and walked away before turning and adding, "or collard greens or whatever the hell they serve." K-Mart and Dunlop ceased sponsoring Zoeller after the incident.
"I know Fuzzy, and it was obvious to me that he was attempting to be funny," number-one ranked golf pro Tom Lehman said. "He probably would have said the same thing to Tiger's face and they both would have yukked it up...[But] it wasn't the best timing, and it wasn't in good taste. It's not appropriate."
"I've been on the tour for 23 years and anybody who knows me knows that I am a jokester," Zoeller said. "It's too bad that something I said in jest was turned into something it's not. But I didn't mean anything by it and I'm sorry if I offend anybody. If Tiger is offended by it, I apologize to him, too. I have nothing but the utmost respect for Tiger as a person and an athlete."
Zoeller later offered an apology directly to Woods, which Woods accepted.
On June 1, 2009, he launched a new venture, "Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka."
Wikipedia controversy 
On February 13, 2007, Zoeller sued the Miami foreign-credential evaluation firm of Josef Silny & Associates. The lawsuit alleged that defamatory statements appeared in the Wikipedia article about Zoeller in December 2006, originating from a computer at that firm. According to the suit, the edits suggested Zoeller had committed acts including alcohol, drugs, and domestic abuse. Defendant Josef Silny said a computer consultant would investigate. However, Zoeller finally dropped the lawsuit in December 2007 after being unsuccessful in finding the poster. Zoeller was unable to sue Wikipedia for the statements due to protections accorded to providers of "interactive computer services" under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
Amateur wins (3) 
- 1972 Florida State Junior College Championship (individual)
- 1973 Old Capital Invitational (Indiana)
- 1973 Indiana State Amateur
Professional wins (20) 
PGA Tour wins (10) 
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||Jan 28, 1979||Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational||76-67-67-72=282||–6||4 strokes|| Billy Kratzert, Artie McNickle,
|2||Apr 15, 1979||Masters Tournament||70-71-69-70=280||–8||Playoff||Ed Sneed, Tom Watson|
|3||May 17, 1981||Colonial National Invitation||67-69-68-70=274||–6||4 strokes||Hale Irwin|
|4||Apr 18, 1983||Sea Pines Heritage||67-72-65-71=275||–9||2 strokes||Jim Nelford|
|5||Sep 28, 1983||Panasonic Las Vegas Pro Celebrity Classic||63-70-70-64-73=340||–15||4 strokes||Rex Caldwell|
|6||Jun 17, 1984||U.S. Open||71-66-69-70=276||–4||Playoff||Greg Norman|
|7||Mar 10, 1985||Hertz Bay Hill Classic||70-72-66-67=275||–9||2 strokes||Tom Watson|
|8||Feb 2, 1986||AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am||69-66-70=205||–11||3 strokes||Payne Stewart|
|9||Apr 20, 1986||Sea Pines Heritage||68-68-69-71=276||–8||1 stroke|| Chip Beck, Roger Maltbie,
|10||Jul 13, 1986||Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic||70-68-72-64=274||–10||2 strokes||Jodie Mudd|
Other wins (5) 
- 1974 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament
- 1985 Skins Game
- 1986 Skins Game
- 1987 Merrill Lynch Shoot-Out Championship
- 2003 Tylenol Par-3 Challenge
Champions Tour wins (2) 
Senior major championship is shown in bold.
Other senior wins (3) 
- 2002 Senior Slam
- 2008 Wendy's Champions Skins Game (with Peter Jacobsen)
- 2009 Wendy's Champions Skins Game (with Ben Crenshaw)
Major championships 
Wins (2) 
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||To par||Margin||Runner(s)-up|
|1979||Masters Tournament||6 shot deficit||70-71-69-70=280||–8||Playoff1||Ed Sneed, Tom Watson|
|1984||U.S. Open||1 shot deficit||71-66-69-70=276||–4||Playoff2||Greg Norman|
1Defeated Ed Sneed and Tom Watson in a sudden death playoff - Zoeller 4-3 (–1), Sneed 4-4 (E) and Watson 4-4 (E).
2Defeated Greg Norman in a 18 hole playoff - Zoeller 67 (–3), Norman 75 (+5).
Results timeline 
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||CUT|
|The Open Championship||CUT||DNP||T8||T14||T14||T11||T8||T29||T52||CUT|
|The Open Championship||DNP||T80||DNP||T14||3||DNP||CUT||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10
Champions Tour major championships 
Wins (1) 
|Year||Championship||Winning score||To par||Margin||Runner-up|
|2002||Senior PGA Championship||69-71-70-68=278||–2||2 strokes||Hale Irwin, Bobby Wadkins|
- The Gigantic Book of Golf Quotations, ed. Jim Apfelbaum. 2007.
- "Golfer says comments about Woods 'misconstrued'" (April 21, [1997). CNN.com.
- Staff report (April 23, 1997). "Kmart Drops Zoeller." New York Times
- Sirak, Ron (February 15, 1998). Daly, Zoeller are birds of a feather. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- Drape, Joe (May 21, 1997). Woods Meets Zoeller for Lunch. New York Times.
- "Golfer Zoeller sues law firm for Wikipedia posting" (February 22, 2007), MiamiHerald.com
- Golfer Sues Over Vandalized Wikipedia Page. (February 22, 2007), The Smoking Gun
- "Fuzzy teed off", February 22, 2007, Associated Press hosted by Sports Illustrated. Retrieved February 22, 2007.
- "Zoeller sues to identify the author of a disputed entry on Wikipedia". PGA.com. 2007-02-22. Retrieved 2007-02-23.
- "Wikipedia entry causes pro-golfer Fuzzy Zoeller to sue". iTWire. Retrieved 2007-02-25.
- Beaumont, Claudine (May 11, 2008). "Wikipedia fights defamation lawsuit". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved May 3, 2010.