Sam Snead

Sam Snead was the kind of man who captured the imagination of the early golfing fraternity. He was a real character, which brought an edge to the serious US Tour, but was a true champion. He won a record 82 PGA Tour events, seven Majors and 70 other tournaments worldwide.

He would pitch up in his straw hat and play tournaments bare feet, but he had remarkable flair and was known for his graceful swing. Jack Nicklaus called it “the most fluid motion ever to grace a golf course.”

Snead was remarkable in another way too, he continued to play golf well into his seventies and at the age of 71 he shot an incredible 60 at his home course, The Homestead. Dubbed ‘Slammin’ Sam’ for his long drives, the veteran finished third in the PGA Championships at age 62, and shot rounds of 67 & 66 at the Quad Cities Open at the age of 67!

Sam Snead, past US Masters champion, burst onto the scene in 1937, and captured nine wins. The following year he claimed the money title and further eight tournament wins, but it was only in 1942 that he claimed his first Major – the PGA Championship. He would go on to win the PGA Championships a total of three times, the Masters thrice and the British Open once in 1946.

Sam Snead’s stats:

  • He won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times – the Tour record for victories at one event
  • He became the oldest player, at 52, to win a PGA Tour event
  • He holds the record for the most tournament wins in one year, with 11
  • He won the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average four times
  • He played on seven Ryder Cup teams
  • In 1979 he was the youngest golfer to shoot his age – 67
  • He won the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998
  • He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame
  • From 1984 to 2002, the year of his death, Snead hit the honourary opening tee shot at the US Masters

Sam Snead, past US Masters champion: whimsical, full of wit and loved by all – including the comic strip ‘Peanuts’ character, Linus van Pelt, who claimed to “have always kind of admired him.”