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1979 Masters
Recap and Scores for the 1979 Masters Golf Tournament

Fuzzy Zoeller won the 1979 Masters, but the tournament is perhaps better known for Ed Sneed losing it. Sneed, a solid player on the PGA Tour for many years, began the final round of the 1979 Masters with a 5-stroke lead. He still led by three strokes with three holes to play - but bogied each of those final three holes.

The dropped Sneed into a tie with Zoeller and Tom Watson. All three golfers parred the first playoff hole, then Zoeller won the Green Jacket with a birdie on the second playoff hole.

Zoeller was a Masters rookie in 1979, and he was the first Masters rookie to win the tournament since Gene Sarazen in 1935. The 1979 playoff was also the first sudden-death playoff in the tournament's history.

1979 Masters Scores
Results from the 1979 Masters golf tournament played at the par-72 Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. (x-won playoff; a-amateur):

x-Fuzzy Zoeller 70-71-69-70--280 $50,000
Ed Sneed 68-67-69-76--280 $30,000
Tom Watson 68-71-70-71--280 $30,000
Jack Nicklaus 69-71-72-69--281 $15,000
Tom Kite 71-72-68-72--283 $13,000
Bruce Lietzke 67-75-68-74--284 $11,500
Craig Stadler 69-66-74-76--285 $9,000
Leonard Thompson 68-70-73-74--285 $9,000
Lanny Wadkins 73-69-70-73--285 $9,000
Hubert Green 74-69-72-71--286 $6,500
Gene Littler 74-71-69-72--286 $6,500
Seve Ballesteros 72-68-73-74--287 $3,740
Miller Barber 75-64-72-76--287 $3,740
Jack Newton 70-72-69-76--287 $3,740
Andy North 72-72-74-69--287 $3,740
Lee Trevino 73-71-70-73--287 $3,740
Lee Elder 73-70-74-71--288 $2,700
Raymond Floyd 70-68-73-77--288 $2,700
Billy Kratzert 73-68-71-76--288 $2,700
Artie McNickle 71-72-74-71--288 $2,700
Gary Player 71-72-74-71--288 $2,700
J.C. Snead 73-71-72-73--289 $2,400
a-Bobby Clampett 73-71-73-73--290  
Lou Graham 69-71-76-74--290 $2,225
Joe Inman 68-71-76-75--290 $2,225
Hale Irwin 72-70-74-74--290 $2,225
Jim Simons 72-70-75-73--290 $2,225
Tommy Aaron 72-73-76-70--291 $2,000
Andy Bean 69-74-74-74--291 $2,000
Graham Marsh 71-72-73-75--291 $2,000
Gil Morgan 72-69-71-80--292 $1,975
Larry Nelson 70-75-70-77--292 $1,975
Victor Regalado 71-74-75-72--292 $1,975
Isao Aoki 71-72-72-78--293 $1,950
Bob Byman 71-71-75-76--293 $1,950
Charles Coody 71-72-74-76--293 $1,950
a-Scott Hoch 72-73-74-74--293  
Peter Oosterhuis 73-72-73-75--293 $1,950
a-John Cook 72-72-75-76--295  
Nick Faldo 73-71-79-73--296 $1,875
Jerry Pate 72-70-75-80--297 $1,850
Tom Weiskopf 73-72-71-81--297 $1,850
Billy Casper 69-75-80-75--299 $1,800
Rod Funseth 70-73-78-79--300 $1,775
Lindy Miller 73-67-75-86--301 $1,750

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