1979 Masters Tournament: Fuzzy Math

The 1979 Masters was the 43rd played. Fuzzy Zoeller won it in a playoff after Ed Sneed blew it over the final few holes.

Winner: Fuzzy Zoeller, 280

Where it was played: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia

Tournament dates: April 12-15, 1979

Leader after first round: Bruce Lietzke, 67

Leader after second round: Ed Sneed and Craig Stadler, 135

Leader after third round: Ed Sneed, 204

Notable Notes: Journeyman Ed Sneed led by five strokes entering the final round, and still held a 3-shot lead with three holes to play. But then he bogied each of those final three holes, falling into a playoff with Tom Watson and Masters rookie Fuzzy Zoeller.

Those three entered into the first sudden-death playoff in Masters history, all three parring the first hole. But Zoeller won it on the second extra hole with a birdie. He was the first Masters rookie since Gene Sarazen in 1935 to win.

Final Scores

x-Fuzzy Zoeller 70-71-69-70—280
Ed Sneed 68-67-69-76—280
Tom Watson 68-71-70-71—280
Jack Nicklaus 69-71-72-69—281
Tom Kite 71-72-68-72—283
Bruce Lietzke 67-75-68-74—284
Craig Stadler 69-66-74-76—285
Leonard Thompson 68-70-73-74—285
Lanny Wadkins 73-69-70-73—285
Hubert Green 74-69-72-71—286
Gene Littler 74-71-69-72—286
Seve Ballesteros 72-68-73-74—287
Miller Barber 75-64-72-76—287
Jack Newton 70-72-69-76—287
Andy North 72-72-74-69—287
Lee Trevino 73-71-70-73—287
Lee Elder 73-70-74-71—288
Raymond Floyd 70-68-73-77—288
Billy Kratzert 73-68-71-76—288
Artie McNickle 71-72-74-71—288
Gary Player 71-72-74-71—288
J.C. Snead 73-71-72-73—289
a-Bobby Clampett 73-71-73-73—290
Lou Graham 69-71-76-74—290
Joe Inman 68-71-76-75—290
Hale Irwin 72-70-74-74—290
Jim Simons 72-70-75-73—290
Tommy Aaron 72-73-76-70—291
Andy Bean 69-74-74-74—291
Graham Marsh 71-72-73-75—291
Gil Morgan 72-69-71-80—292
Larry Nelson 70-75-70-77—292
Victor Regalado 71-74-75-72—292
Isao Aoki 71-72-72-78—293
Bob Byman 71-71-75-76—293
Charles Coody 71-72-74-76—293
a-Scott Hoch 72-73-74-74—293
Peter Oosterhuis 73-72-73-75—293
a-John Cook 72-72-75-76—295
Nick Faldo 73-71-79-73—296
Jerry Pate 72-70-75-80—297
Tom Weiskopf 73-72-71-81—297
Billy Casper 69-75-80-75—299
Rod Funseth 70-73-78-79—300
Lindy Miller 73-67-75-86—301

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