Two-time major winner Fuzzy Zoeller remembers how special it was coming back from major back surgery to prove to himself that he could win again on the PGA Tour at the 1985 Hertz Bay Hill Classic, "FORE the Good of the Game."
American professional golfer who has won ten PGA Tour events including two major championships. He is one of three golfers to have won the Masters Tournament in his first appearance in the event. He also won the 1984 U.S. Open, which earned him the 1985 Bob Jones Award.
A legendary golfer from New Albany, Indiana, who attended the University of Houston and became a professional golfer in 1973, Frank Urban Zoeller, “Fuzzy”, is known around the world for his success and charismatic character. With ten PGA Tour victories, including the 1979 Masters and 1984 U.S. Open, Fuzzy knows the taste of victory. In addition, he helped to enhance the exposure of the 1985 and 1986 Skins Game, with his victories.
After joining the Champions Tour in 2002, he won the 2002 Senior PGA Championship, as well as the 2002 Senior Slam Championship. Continuing with his winning ways, Fuzzy proceeded to win the 2003 Tylenol Shoot Out, the 2004 MasterCard Championship, as well as the 2007 Senior Skins with partner Peter Jacobsen and the 2008 Senior Skins with Ben Crenshaw. Today, he is often heard whistling down the fairway as he continues to play on the Champions Tour.
Fuzzy has received the highest honor given by the USGA. In 1985, Fuzzy was given the Bob Jones Award. Also, in 2010 he was honored with the Dave Marr Memorial Award, which exemplifies sportsmanship, honesty, character, and an enthusiastic passion for the game of golf. Fuzzy is always a gallery favorite because of his humor and relaxed approach to the game.
On June 1, 2009, Fuzzy launched a new venture, “Fuzzy’s Ultra-Premium Vodka.” He created a vodka that not only satisfied, but exceeded his tastes and preferences. Distilled five times and filtered ten times through charcoal, Fuzzy’s Vodka has a smooth and exceptional taste.
In 2015, Fuzzy was awarded the Bruno Award. The PGA TOUR Champions Tournament Advisory Council presents the Bruno Award annually to an individual judged to have made special and outstanding contributions to the Tour. The award is named in honor of Brian ‘Bruno’ Henning, the former Vice President of the Champions Tour and Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame member. Miller Brady, PGA TOUR Champions Chief Operating Officer, said of Fuzzy when awarding him, “His efforts in creating a memorable experience each week for fans and sponsors are second to none. Not only is he a wonderful representative for our Tour, but he is a gentleman and a true icon of the game.”