Fezler, 69, is not just ‘guy wearing shorts’

Forrest Fezler, PGA Tour winner and golf designer / builder, who opposed the USGA by wearing shorts at the US Open, died on Friday morning at Tallahassee, Fla., At the age of 69. He fought with cancer, according to son Jordan. (Golf Digest first reported the news of Fezler’s death.)

Fezler, nicknamed “Fuzzy”, was born on September 23, 1949 in Hayward, Calif. He played golf at San Jose City University and won the Cal State Amateur Prize in 1969. He was named a rookie of the tournament in 1973 and was named a rookie of the tournament in 1973 and a year later won won the 1974 South Open, his only Tour victory.


He also ranked second after Hale Irwin in the US Open 1974, also known as the Winged Massacre, although his most important moment for many came in the United States Open 1983 at Oakmont .

Fezler, dissatisfied with the USGA after it gave him and played competitor John Schroeder – and later canceled – a 1981 US slow game opened at Merion, changed into shorts in the toilet. Mobile before playing his 72 hole to protest.

It’s amazing when you see people coming from other holes and when I get to the fairway, the stands are full and everyone screams and screams, ‘Go, Fuzz, Go Fuzz,’ Fezler said in the Denver Post interview. year 2014.

Later, Fezler met Brooks Koepka in Tallahassee, and Koepka, a former FSU player and now a big winner three times, immediately recognized Fezler as “the guy wearing shorts.”

Fezler retired shortly thereafter, in the mid-30s, due to wrist and thumb injuries, and focused on designing and building golf courses, starting his own company, the Fezler Golf, and fast quickly develop a reputation for boldness and creativity. He collaborated with famous designer Mike Strantz, one of the design collaborators of Tom Fazio, who died in 2005 for cancer. Fezler’s first project with Strantz is Golden Eagle Golf Club in Tallahassee.

After that, he hooked up, Fezler said. He also helped build courses with several Tour players, including Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Johnny Miller and Davis Love III.

Fezler’s projects, including Monterey Peninsula Country Club, PGA National Golf Course, True Blue Golf Club, Bulls Bay, Valley Country Club and Tobacco Road.

As part of designing and building great courses across the country, it inspired me more than playing Tour, he wrote on his website. Feels like I’m living another dream.

It was also a profession where he was allowed to wear shorts.

When the US PGA started allowing players to wear shorts in practice rounds in 2017, Fezler commented, on Yes, it’s about time. The way to go PGA of America.

I guess it will be successful doing something crazy once in a lifetime, Mr. Fezler said. At least golfers miss me for something.