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Keiser won twice more that year, and he won another tour event in 1947. But he never won again.

The Ryder Cup resumed in 1947, and the Americans won 11-1. Keiser kept it from being a whitewash, losing to Sam King in singles.

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3. FUZZY ZOELLER

Only two players had ever won the Masters playing Augusta National for the first time. One of them was Horton Smith, who won the inaugural tournament in 1934. The other was Gene Sarazen, who made an albatross on the 15th hole of the final round to catch Craig Wood, and then beat him in a playoff in 1935.

It took 44 years before another Masters rookie one.

Frank Urban Zoeller was known as “Fuzzy,” and no one imagined him in a green jacket in 1979, especially because he started the final round six shots behind Ed Sneed. But then Sneed bogeyed his last three holes, setting up a three-way playoff at 8-under 280 among Sneed, Zoeller and Tom Watson.

They made par on the 10th hole, and the playoff headed to No. 11.

Sneed found a bunker and blasted out. Watson missed his birdie putt. Zoeller hit an exquisite approach to about 6 feet. When he holed the putt, he thrust his arms in the air.

He remains the last player to win the Masters on his first attempt.

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2. ZACH JOHNSON

Johnson described himself as a normal guy from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and not many would disagree. He traveled the country playing the mini-tours, toiled on the Nationwide Tour and had only one PGA Tour win when he arrived at Augusta National in 2006.

The conditions were harsh, cold with a strong wind, and it showed in the scores. Stuart Appleby had a one-shot lead over Woods going into the final round. Johnson was two shots behind, though no one had any reason to pay much attention. He had medium length off the tee, and employed a strange strategy for Augusta by never going for the green in two on any of the par 5s.

But it worked.

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