47 Facts About Sam Snead


Samuel Jackson Snead was an American professional golfer who was one of the top players in the world for the better part of four decades and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.

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Sam Snead never won the US Open, though he was runner-up four times.

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Sam Snead was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.

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Sam Snead had the eye of an eagle, the grace of a leopard and the strength of a lion.

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Sam Snead was the PGA leading money winner in 1938,1949 and 1950.

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Sam Snead won the Vardon Trophy, for lowest scoring average, four times: 1938,1949,1950, and 1955.

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Sam Snead was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1973.

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In 1986, Sam Snead was inducted into the Middle Atlantic PGA Hall of Fame.

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Sam Snead was inducted into the PGA of America Hall of Fame and the Helms Hall of Fame.

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Sam Snead received the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.

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In 2009, Sam Snead was inducted into the inaugural class of the West Virginia Golf Hall of Fame and in 2016, Sam Snead was the unanimous top choice for inclusion in the Virginia Golf Hall of Fame's inaugural class.

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Sam Snead worked as an assistant pro at The Homestead at 17 in 1929, then moved to the Cascades Course and turned professional in 1934.

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Sam Snead joined the PGA Tour in 1936, and achieved immediate success by winning the West Virginia Closed Pro tournament.

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Sam Snead served in the US Navy during World War II from 1942 to 1944.

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Sam Snead appeared as himself in an episode of The Phil Silvers Show, "The Colonel Breaks Par", in 1957.

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Sam Snead's nephew, J C Snead, was a successful professional golfer, winning tournaments on both the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.

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In July 1936, Sam Snead won his first tournament, the West Virginia Closed Pro, contested at The Greenbrier's Championship Course and Old White Course.

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Sam Snead shared the first round lead shooting 69 with fellow West Virginian Denny Shute.

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In 1938, Sam Snead first won the Greater Greensboro Open, the first of eight times, the Tour record for victories of a single tournament event.

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Sam Snead had been told on the 18th tee by a spectator that he needed a birdie to win.

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Sam Snead ended up in fifth place, two shots behind three players who went into a playoff.

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In 1946, Sam Snead won six times including the Open Championship at St Andrews.

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At the US Open in 1947, Sam Snead missed a 30-inch putt on the final playoff hole to finish runner-up to Lew Worsham.

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Sam Snead won three times in 1948, including his first Texas Open and fourth West Virginia Open.

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In 1949, Sam Snead won nine PGA events including two majors including the Masters and the PGA Championship and was awarded Golfer of the Year.

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For Sam Snead, it was the third of four second-place finishes at the US Open, the only major championship he never won.

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In 1950, Sam Snead won 11 events, placing him third in that category behind Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan.

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At the Jacksonville Open, Sam Snead forfeited rather than play an 18-hole playoff against Doug Ford after the two golfers finished in a tie at the end of regulation play.

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The forfeit stemmed from a ruling Sam Snead received during the tournament's second round of play.

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In 1954, Sam Snead won two events, one of which was the Masters in an 18-hole playoff over Ben Hogan.

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In December 1959, Sam Snead took part in a controversial match against Mason Rudolph, at the Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda.

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Sam Snead decided to deliberately lose the televised match, played under the "World Championship Golf" series, during its final holes, after he discovered on the 12th hole that he had too many golf clubs in his bag.

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The extra club in his bag, a fairway wood Sam Snead had been experimenting with in practice, would have caused him to be immediately disqualified according to the Rules of Golf, even though he did not use it during the round.

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Sam Snead had appeared with Martin and Lewis in their 1953 comedy film, The Caddy.

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Sam Snead later wrote several golf instructional books, and frequently wrote instructional columns in golf magazines.

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Sam Snead played on seven Ryder Cup teams: 1937,1947,1949,1951,1953,1955, and 1959.

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Sam Snead was selected to the 1939 Ryder Cup team however the event was never played due to World War II.

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In 1973, Sam Snead became the oldest player to make a cut in a US Open at age 61.

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Sam Snead shot a final-round 68 at the 1974 PGA Championship to finish tied for third, three strokes behind winner Lee Trevino.

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In 1986, Sam Snead wrote the book, Pigeons, Marks, Hustlers and Other Golf Bettors You Can Beat.

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In 2000, Sam Snead was ranked the third greatest golfer of all time, in Golf Digest magazine's rankings, behind only Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan.

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Sam Snead died in Hot Springs, Virginia in 2002 following complications from a stroke, four days before his 90th birthday.

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Sam Snead's nephew J C Snead was a PGA Tour golfer.

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Sam Snead was mentioned several times in the comic strip Peanuts at the height of his popularity during the 1950s and 1960s.

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Sam Snead was known for a very creative short game, pioneering use of the sand wedge for short shots from grass.

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Sam Snead pioneered croquet-style putting in the 1960s, where he straddled the ball with one leg on each side.

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Sam Snead then went to side-saddle putting, where he crouched and angled his feet towards the hole, and held the club with a split grip.

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