7 Times the Wrong Man Won the Masters

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The Year: 1982
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The Year: 1982


The Winner: Craig Stadler

Should Have Won: Seve Ballesteros

I like Craig Stadler and his whole Walrus thing, what with the wide build and the David Crosby mustache and all that business. He was a very good pro, and did some nice things while accumulating thirteen victories over the course of a long career on the tour. One of those victories came at the 1982 Masters, and I'm afraid it was unacceptable. 1982 was one of those years where weather played havoc with the course conditions over the first two days, driving scores through the roof and providing a shocking +10 cut line. By Sunday, matters had calmed down enough to allow for some scoring, and Stadler shot 33 over the front nine, eventually building up a six shot lead with seven holes to play. He then imploded with four bogeys and a three putt from 20 feet on the 72nd hole, which dropped him into a sudden death playoff against Dan Pohl. If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: THE MASTERS CANNOT BE DECIDED IN A PLAYOFF BETWEEN CRAIG STADLER AND DAN POHL. The great Seve Ballesteros, who obviously should have won, finished one shot off the pace.

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