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The Masters: One and Done champions

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Larry Mize chipped in to defeat Greg Norman in a playoff at the 1987 Masters.

For sixteen players, including 1982 champion Craig Stadler and last year's winner, Charl Schwartzel, the Masters has been their only victory in a major. Herman Keiser, 1946
Replay: 
A year after being discharged from the Navy, Keiser, 31, was nearly broke when he arrived at Augusta. He took the lead on the 3rd hole of the first round and came to the 72nd hole leading Ben Hogan by a shot. Keiser three-putted for bogey, but Hogan missed a two-footer for par, and Keiser won for the first time on the PGA Tour.
Postmortem: Keiser won twice more in '46. The next year he played in the Ryder Cup and had another victory-the last of his career. Within a few years he was off the Tour.

Claude Harmon, 1948
Replay: 
The 31-year-old Harmon tied the tournament record with a nine-under 279 and set a Masters record with a five-shot margin over Cary Middlecoff.
Postmortem: The head pro at Winged Foot in suburban New York City, Harmon is the last club professional to win a major. He tied for third at the 1959 U.S. Open at Winged Foot and three times made the semifinals of the PGA Championship, which was then a match-play event.

Art Wall, 1959
Replay: 
In the final round Wall, 35, was five shots behind with seven holes to play, but he birdied five of the last six to shoot 66 and win by one over Middlecoff.
Postmortem: Wall won three other Tour events and the Vardon Trophy that season and was the Tour's player of the year. He finished his career with 14 Tour titles.

Gay Brewer, 1967
Replay: 
At the 1966 Masters, Brewer missed a six-footer on the 72nd hole, then lost a playoff to Jack Nicklaus. In '67, at the age of 35, he rebounded by birdieing the 15th, 16th and 17th in the final round to win the green jacket by one over Bobby Nichols.
Postmortem: Brewer made the '67 Ryder Cup team but had only one more victory on Tour, at the '72 Canadian open.

Bob Goably, 1968
Replay: 
The record book says Goalby, 39, edged Roberto De Vicenzo by a shot, but the two should have gone to a playoff. After completing his final round, De Vicenzo signed for a wrong score. He shot a 65 with a birdie 3 at 17, but his playing partner, Tommy Aaron, mistakenly put him down for a 4 on the hole, and a 66. Thus, De Vicenzo had to accept that score.
Postmortem: Goalby never contended in another major, but he did win three more Tour events, bringing his career total to 10. He and De Vicenzo have remained friends.

George Archer, 1969
Replay: 
After hitting his second shot at the par-5 15th into the greenside water hazard, the 30-year-old Archer pitched to 10 feet and made the par putt. That up and down preserved his one-shot victory over Billy Casper, George Knudson and Tom Weiskopf.
Postmortem: Archer had three other top 10s in majors, and he won 12 Tour events and 19 Champions tour titles over his long career.

Charles Coody, 1971
Replay: 
Coody, 33, led after a first-round 66 and was tied for the lead with Nicklaus after 54 holes. In the final round Coody birdied 15 and 16 to beat Nicklaus and Johnny Miller by two strokes.
Postmortem: The Masters was Coody's third and final Tour victory, though he won five times on the Champions tour.

Tommy Aaron, 1973
Replay: 
Trailing by four after 54 holes, Aaron closed with a 68 to win by one over J.C. Snead.
Postmortem: The Masters victory was the second and last Tour triumph of Aaron's career, and he never had another top 10 in a major. He won once on the Champions tour.

Craig Stadler, 1982
Replay: 
Stadler began the final round with a three-shot lead and was ahead by six when he stepped on to the 10th tee. But Dan Pohl made a back-nine charge while Stadler limped home with four bogeys, including a three-putt from 30 feet at 18 that dropped him into a tie with Pohl at four-under 284. Stadler won by parring the first playoff hole, the 10th, after Pohl missed an eight-footer for par.
Postmortem: Stadler won three other tournaments and led the Tour in earnings in '82. He went on to have 10 more top 10s in majors, the best being a third at the '88 Masters.

Larry Mize, 1987
Replays: 
A little-known one-time Tour winner from Augusta, Mize, 28, holed a six-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to make the playoff with Seve Ballesteros and Greg Norman. Ballesteros was eliminated on the first extra hole, and on the second Mize made what is arguably the most dramatic pitch-in in golf history-a 140-foot shot from right of the green.
Postmortem: Mize was sixth on the '87 money list, but over the next two decades he never finished in the top 10 in a major and won only two more Tour events.

Ian Woosnam, 1991
Replay: 
In a taut final round Woosnam, 33, became the fourth consecutive European to win the green jacket. he holed a six-foot par putt at the 18th to edge José María Olazábal, who bogeyed the hole, by a shot.
Postmortem: Woosnam's victory validated his No. 1 World Ranking. He won once more in '91, on the European tour, and finished with 28 career titles on that circuit.

Fred Couples, 1992
Replay: 
In the final round Couples pushed his tee shot at the 12th hole, and his ball landed on the closely cropped bank in fron of the green-normally a fatal mistake. Instead, the ball trickled a few feet, then miraculously stopped short of Rae's creek. Couples, 32, pitched on, made par and won by two over Ray Floyd.
Postmortem: In 1992 Couples finished atop the money list and for the second consecutive season won the Vardon Trophy and was named player of the year. Over the next 17 years Couples won six more Tour events.

Mike Weir, 2003
Replay: 
After holing a seven-footer for par on the 72nd hole, Weir, 33, parred the first hole of a playoff against len Mattiace to become the first Canadian to win a major and the first lefthanded Masters champion.
Postmortem: Only two of Weir's eight career Tour titles have come since his Masters victory, the last being the 2007 Fry's Electronics Open.

Zach Johnson, 2007
Replay: 
All week the short-hitting Johnson, 31, laid up on Augusta National's par-5s, yet he was 11 under on those holes for the tournament. His one-over 289 total matched the highest-winning score in Masters history.
Postmortem: Johnson has won five times and averaged $2.8 million a year since putting on the green jacket, but he has finished in the top 10 in a major only two other times.

Trevor Immelman, 2008
Replay: 
Immelman, 28, led or shared the lead after each round while becoming only the second South African to win the Masters, joining Gary Player. Immelman won by three shots despite shooting a 75 on Sunday, which tied him with Arnold Palmer (1962) for the highest score in the final round by a Masters champion.
Postmortem: In the four years since his victory, Immelman is winless with only four top 10s on Tour.

Charl Schwartzel, 2011
Replay: 
Having begun the final round four shots back, Schwartzel, 26, another South African, became the first Masters champion to birdie the last four holes in the final round.
Postmortem: Schwartzel played well in the other three majors in 2011-tying for ninth at the U.S. Open, finishing 16th at the British and placing 12th at the PGA-but he has yet to win again.


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