Special Sub-Topic: Augusta Sudden Death
|The first sudden death playoff in the Masters came in 1979. Three men played 72 holes with -8 280 scores, forcing the playoff. Ed Sneed and Tom Watson went par-par, but it was not enough, as this man went par-birdie to win the Green Jacket. He would become the third person to win the Masters in his first attempt and the first since Gene Sarazen in 1935. In 1984, he won the U.S. Open in a playoff over Greg Norman. Who was this man who is known by his nickname that means "not clear?"|
Frank "Fuzzy" Zoeller. While all four won the Masters Tournament, those nicknames are made up. Fuzzy Zoeller is the only real nickname.
|Three years after the first, Augusta National saw its second sudden death playoff in 1982. In a classic example of the cliche, "nobody remembers who finishes second", Dan Pohl lost and quickly faded into oblivion. But what man, known simply as "The Walrus", won the 1982 Masters Tournament with a par on the 10th hole?|
Craig Stadler. Stadler would go on to win 13 PGA Tour events, but none as big as his win in Augusta in April, 1982.
|Quite possibly the most famous playoff occurred in 1987. After Severiano Ballesteros bogeyed the first playoff hole, two men carried on to the 11th. What Augusta native sunk a shot from 140 feet out on the fairway on his way to the Green Jacket?|
Larry Mize. None of the others were from Augusta nor won a major championship. In fact, they were all from New Zealand. Mize's birdie from the fairway put him on the brink of the title.
|What Australian golfer, who for 15 years almost always was in contention at Augusta, missed a put right afterwards that would have forced a third playoff hole?|
Greg Norman. From 1986 until 1999, Norman would finish in the top-6 eight times but could never get it done. Perhaps the greatest disappointment was in 1996 when he blew a six-shot lead in the final round.
|1989 saw one of the most heartbreaking defeats ever in the Masters Tournament. What golfer missed a two foot par putt on the first playoff hole that would have won him his only major championship?|
Scott Hoch. The other three all won multiple majors. Scott Hoch had his chance, but the ball squeezed by and he went on to lose on the following hole.
|Given new life by his opponent's miss on the 10th green in 1989, what Englishman made a birdie three on 11 to win his first of three Green Jackets?|
Nick Faldo. Faldo was part of a string of four consecutive winners from Great Britain: Sandy Lyle in 1988, Faldo in 1989 and 1990, and Ian Woosnam in 1991. However, he was the only Englishman, as Lyle was Scottish and Woosnam was Welsh.
|The 1989 winner was back in a playoff in 1990 against a 47-year old who had won the Masters in 1976. However, the challenger could not become the oldest winner, after. What golfer was denied a second Masters title and fifth grand slam title, when he bogeyed the second playoff hole in 1990?|
Raymond Floyd. Floyd would also be runner-up at the age of 49 in 1992, and managed another top-10 at the age of 51 in 1994. But he couldn't win it, allowing Faldo to repeat in 1990.
|In 2003, what Canadian became the first lefty golfer to win the Masters Tournament, and only the second to win any major golf championship when Len Mattiace double-bogeyed the first playoff hole?|
Mike Weir. Bob Charles became the first lefty to win a major championship when the Kiwi won the 1963 Open Championship. Weir, like Phil Mickelson, is naturally right-handed but golfs left-handed.
|In 2005, what golfer won his fourth Masters Tournament, tying Arnold Palmer in the process for the second most all-time, when he birdied the first playoff hole?|
Tiger Woods. This was the first sudden death playoff in the Masters Tournament that did not start on the 10th hole. Before the 2004 tournament, Augusta National changed the rules so that it would start on the 18th and then alternate between 10 and 18 for as long as necessary to crown a champion.
|The golfer who lost the 2005 playoff was no slouch. In just the previous major, the 2004 PGA Championship, he lost a playoff to Vijay Singh. And the following year, he finished second, two shots behind Tiger Woods in the Open Championship. What former Florida Gator lost the playoff at the 2005 Masters Tournament?|
Chris DiMarco. Chris DiMarco led the first three rounds, then lost it to Tiger Woods.
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