November 23, 2015

The Hoosier State’s best golfer is clear: It’s Fuzzy. Frank Urban “Fuzzy” Zoeller won the 1973 Indiana State Amateur and went on to claim 10 PGA Tour titles. The New Albany native’s two biggest achievements were his 1979 Masters win, the first time he ever played in that event, in a playoff against Ed Sneed and Tom Watson, and his legendary 1984 U.S. Open triumph at Winged Foot. Zoeller crushed Greg Norman in a playoff 67 to 75, one day after he had waved a white “surrender” flag on the 72nd hole at Norman, thinking the Shark had holed a long birdie effort. Fuzzy’s personality was a fresh breeze for the PGA Tour, though a misguided attempt at humor at Tiger Woods’ expense during the 1997 Masters knocked Zoeller from a lofty popularity perch. Old-timers might lobby for Chick Evans, the amateur giant who was born in Indianapolis, though Evans really made his mark after a move to Chicago at age 8.