Jodie Who? Jodie Mudd wins 1990 The Players Championship
On this day, Little known Jodie Mudd wins The Players Championship over Mark Calcavecchia. Mudd was the everyman’s golfer, getting his start working at public courses in exchange for playing privileges. He was 5’11 and 145 pounds and didn’t look like much of a threat to 6 time winner (at the time) PGA winner Mark Calcavecchia. Mudd wasn’t a stranger to winning golf tournaments… in 1980 & 1981 he was the U.S. Public Links Champion. He soon then turned professional in 1982 and didn’t find success until 1988 when Mudd won the Fedex St. Jude Classic. His next win came a year later in 1989 at the GTE Byron Nelson Classic where he edged Larry Nelson.
The memorable scene happened on the famed 17th hole, The Island green. After mounting a back nine charge, Calc found himself within one stroke of Mudd. After Calcavecchia hit his tee shot safetly in the middle of the green Mudd had similar ideas. Under pressure, Mudd pushed his tee shot but miraculously it ended up near the tightly tucked pin location. Calcacecchia turned to Mudd and said…
” Tell me you pushed that. I mean he’s good but he ain’t that good.”
To Calc’s relief…Mudd admitted he pushed it a bit, then made his birdie putt, essentially giving him the title. It was the biggest win of Mudd’s career but wasn’t necessarily the last. He had one last final triumph at the season ending Tour Championship in 1990, then called the Nabisco Championship. Mudd eventually got burnt out of the scheduale pressures on the PGA Tour and left the tour in 1996. He made his Champions Tour debut on April 30, 2010 at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, and played in a limited number of Champions Tour events that year.