1981: Fuzzy Zoeller wins his 1st event since 1979 Masters at Colonial

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Fuzzy Zoeller captures 3rd career victory at Colonial

On this day, In 1981 Fuzzy Zoeller won the Colonial National Invitation golf tournament by four strokes. Zoeller played his last two rounds in 68 and 70 to capture his first victory since the 1979 Masters.

The victory was worth $54,000 from the total purse of $300,000…which was an major upgrade from his previous years earnings ($14,123).  He scored the third victory of his career with a 274 total, six shots below par on the 7,190-yard Colonial Country Club course.

Zoeller, 29 years old, started the day with a one-stroke lead but had to play thirty-six holes due to a rain shortened Friday. He was concerned about whether his back, chronically ailing because of an injury when he in high school, would stand up under the strain of 36 holes. It did.

He stretched his advantage to three strokes at the end of the morning round. A short-lived charge by Ray Floyd, who shot birdies on five of the first seven holes in the afternoon round, produced a tie. But Floyd bogeyed the eighth, backed one into the water that fronts the ninth green, taking a double bogey, and did not challenge again.

Hale Irwin, twice the United States Open champion, finished second when Tom Kite drove into trouble and bogeyed the 18th hole. Irwin had closing rounds of 71, 70 for a 278 total.

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