Snead, Sam

Snead, Sam

▪ American golfer
in full  Samuel Jackson Snead , byname  Slammin' Sam 
born May 27, 1912, near Hot Springs, Virginia, U.S.
died May 23, 2002, Hot Springs
 American professional golfer, who won 82 Professional Golfers' Association (Professional Golfers' Association of America) (PGA) tournaments and every major championship for which he was eligible—except the U.S. Open, in which he placed second four times.

      Snead was noted for the longevity of his career, his agility, and his smooth, self-taught swing. He became a professional in 1933 and scored his first victory in the 1937 Oakland Open. He won the British Open (1946), the Canadian Open (1938, 1940, 1941), and in the United States the Masters Tournament (1949, 1952, 1954), the PGA Championship (1942, 1949, 1951), and the Vardon Trophy (1938, 1949–50, 1955) for the best average number of strokes in PGA tournaments. He was a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team eight times (including 1969 when he captained the squad but did not play) and was a member of the winning World Cup teams in 1956, 1960, 1961, and 1962, also winning the individual title in 1961. He won the PGA Seniors tournament in 1964, 1965, 1967, 1970, 1972, and 1973; the World Seniors Championship in 1964, 1965, 1970, 1972, and 1973; and the Legends of Golf tournament (with Gardner Dickinson) in 1978.

      Known worldwide for his straw hat and folksy humour, Snead reportedly never had a golf lesson, and he sometimes employed unorthodox methods of putting in order to counteract problems caused by a twitch (known in golf parlance as “the yips”). He won more PGA tournaments than any other champion, however, and conservative estimates place his world tournament wins at 135. (Snead's number of PGA victories was increased from 81 to 82 in 2002, after the organization began to include British Open wins prior to 1995 in its count of tour victories.) He established two records in his many appearances at the Greater Greensboro Open: he won it more times (eight) than any golfer has ever won a single tournament (causing many sportswriters to dub the event the “Sam Snead Open”); and, at age 52, he became the oldest golfer to win a PGA event with his victory there in 1965. He continued to be a threat into his sixties, placing second in the 1974 Los Angeles Open.

      Snead was elected to the PGA Hall of Fame in 1953. His autobiography, The Education of a Golfer (1962), was written in collaboration with Al Stump; he also wrote several books on golf instruction. One of the game's most beloved and ingratiating players, Snead's sly wit is reflected in his advice to an amateur golfer: “You've got just one problem. You stand too close to the ball after you've hit it.”

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