Larry Mize

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Larry Mize
— Golfer —
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Personal information
Full name Lawrence Hogan Mize
Born (1958-09-23) September 23, 1958 (age 55)
Augusta, Georgia
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Columbus, Georgia
Career
College Georgia Tech
Turned professional 1980
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 10
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 4
Japan Golf Tour 3
Champions Tour 1
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament Won: 1987
U.S. Open T4: 1987
The Open Championship T11: 1994
PGA Championship T6: 1984

Lawrence Hogan "Larry" Mize (born September 23, 1958) is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and currently plays on the Champions Tour. He is well known for one career-defining shot — a chip from off the green at the 11th hole at Augusta to win the playoff for the 1987 Masters Tournament, which was his only major title.

Biography[edit]

Mize was born in Augusta, Georgia, attended Georgia Tech, and turned professional in 1980. He finished in the top 125 on the money list (the level needed to retain membership of the tour) for 20 seasons from 1982 to 2001. His first PGA Tour win was the 1983 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic.

At the 1987 Masters, Mize was tied with Seve Ballesteros and Greg Norman after four rounds. Ballesteros was eliminated in the first hole of the playoff. On the second playoff hole, which was Augusta's eleventh, a par four, Mize's second shot landed well off the putting green. It appeared that a birdie would be impossible, and that even making par might be difficult. Meanwhile Norman's second shot landed on the edge of the green, giving him a potentially makeable birdie putt. On his third shot, Mize hit an incredible, memorable chip shot with a sand wedge from around 140 feet, giving him the birdie. Norman now had an opportunity to tie, but he failed to sink the putt.[1] Mize's win was especially appreciated because he is an Augusta native and had worked on the scoreboard at Augusta National's third hole as a teenager. His Masters win and a tie for fourth at the U.S. Open in June briefly put him in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking.[2]

Mize also won four international events and played for the U.S. teams in the Ryder Cup in 1987 and the Dunhill Cup in 2000. For many years Mize and Coca-Cola sponsored a successful charity golf tournament to benefit cystic fibrosis held at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Mize currently resides in Columbus, Georgia with his wife and three sons. His hobbies are fishing, basketball, and playing the piano.

Professional wins (10)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jun 26, 1983 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic 70-65-69-70=274 −14 1 stroke United States Chip Beck, United States Sammy Rachels,
United States Fuzzy Zoeller
2 Apr 12, 1987 Masters Tournament 70-72-72-71=285 −3 Playoff Spain Seve Ballesteros, Australia Greg Norman
3 Jan 24, 1993 Northern Telecom Open 68-66-70-67=271 −17 2 strokes United States Jeff Maggert
4 Aug 8, 1993 Buick Open 64-69-71-68=272 −16 1 stroke United States Fuzzy Zoeller

PGA Tour playoff record (1–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1986 Kemper Open Australia Greg Norman Lost to par on sixth extra hole
2 1987 Masters Tournament Spain Seve Ballesteros, Australia Greg Norman Won with birdie on second extra hole
Ballesteros eliminated with par on first hole
3 1990 MCI Heritage Golf Classic United States Steve Jones, United States Payne Stewart Stewart won with birdie on second extra hole
4 1998 Canon Greater Hartford Open United States Olin Browne, United States Stewart Cink Browne won with birdie on first extra hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (3)[edit]

Other wins (2)[edit]

Champions Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up
1 Jul 4, 2010 Montreal Championship 67-68-64=199 −17 1 stroke United States John Cook

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score To par Margin Runners-up
1987 Masters Tournament 2 shot deficit 70-72-72-71=285 −3 Playoff1 Australia Greg Norman, Spain Seve Ballesteros

1Defeated Norman and Ballesteros in a sudden-death playoff: Mize (4-3), Norman (4-x) and Ballesteros (5).

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP T11 T47 T16 1 T45 T26
U.S. Open DNP CUT CUT DNP DNP T39 T24 T4 T12 T33
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP T46 T26 CUT T19
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP T47 T6 T23 T53 CUT CUT T17
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament T14 T17 T6 T21 3 CUT T23 T30 CUT 23
U.S. Open T14 T55 CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT T58 DNP 64
The Open Championship T31 CUT CUT T27 T11 CUT DNP DNP T52 DNP
PGA Championship T12 CUT T40 CUT T15 CUT T8 T58 CUT DNP
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament T25 CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT T42 CUT CUT T30
U.S. Open T37 DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament CUT CUT CUT CUT 51
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship 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

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 1 0 1 2 3 11 31 18
U.S. Open 0 0 0 1 1 4 18 10
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 2 12 7
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 2 6 16 10
Totals 1 0 1 3 6 23 77 45
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 11 (1984 PGA – 1987 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1987 Masters – 1987 U.S. Open)

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Professional

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ballard, Sarah (April 20, 1987). "My, Oh Mize". Sports Illustrated. pp. 36–43. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking". Retrieved January 3, 2013. 

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