April 8, 1994 |
One of the many unusual traits of Augusta National golf course is its ability to separate the stiffs from the stars--to present the kind of leader board that excites you. Even at the start. So, there's little surprise that after the first round of the Masters, the people who should be near the top are near the top. The common denominators are experience and ability, and in that order.
January 6, 1994 |
On a sunny Sunday in April of 1987, on a golf course in Augusta, Ga., a terrible thing happened to golfer Larry Mize. Got struck by lightning? Well, in a way, yes. He won the Masters. It was not an accident. But maybe a mistake. On the second playoff hole, Larry Mize had missed the green to the right with his second shot. His opponent, Greg Norman, was sitting on the fringe with a birdie shot at the hole. Mize was 140 feet away.
December 20, 1993 |
Had this been match play, Larry Mize would have won nine holes earlier. Mize was 10-up on the field with nine holes to play Sunday and breezed to 10-stroke victory over Fred Couples in the $2.7-million Johnnie Walker Championship. Now he has a problem: how to compose a thank-you note to Greg Norman for a $550,000 Christmas present. "It's a nice problem to have," Mize said after collecting that prize money. "I'll think of something."
August 9, 1993 |
Larry Mize, overcoming Fuzzy Zoeller's four-stroke lead in the first four holes, shot a four-under-par 68 Sunday to win the Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Mich., by one stroke. "It was nice to catch him early, but I wasn't really thinking about that," Mize said. "There was so much golf left to be played." Mize earned $180,000 when he sank a six-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to avoid a playoff with Zoeller and finish at 16-under-par 272. Zoeller closed with a 73.
August 7, 1993 |
Larry Mize finally made a bogey, on the last hole of Friday's second round, but maintained a one-stroke lead over late-charging Fuzzy Zoeller in the Buick Open golf tournament at Grand Blanc, Mich. It was the only bogey of the tournament for Mize, who shot a three-under-par 69 for a 36-hole total of 133. Zoeller, who shot a 65, was two strokes ahead of Mark O'Meara and Corey Pavin. Mize played in the morning Thursday, when conditions were perfect at the Warwick Hills course.
August 6, 1993 |
Larry Mize, spurred by the early play of partner John Huston, shot an eight-under-par 64 Thursday to lead the Buick Open by two strokes. Huston birdied the first five holes and finished the first round with a 66. Payne Stewart and rookie Paul Goydos also were at six-under in the final tuneup for next week's PGA Championship at Inverness in nearby Toledo, Ohio.