Sam Snead

Sam Snead
Sam Snead 1967.JPG
Snead in 1967
Personal information
Full nameSamuel Jackson Snead
NicknameSlammin' Sammy
Born(1912-05-27)May 27, 1912
Ashwood, Virginia, U.S.
DiedMay 23, 2002(2002-05-23) (aged 89)
Hot Springs, Virginia, U.S.
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight185 lb (84 kg)
Nationality United States
SpouseAudrey Karnes Snead
(m. 1940–90, her death)
ChildrenSam Jr., Terrence
Turned professional1931
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins165
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour82 (1st all time)
LPGA Tour1
Other69 (regular)
14 (senior)
Best results in major championships
(wins: 7)
Masters TournamentWon: 1949, 1952, 1954
U.S. Open2nd/T2: 1937, 1947, 1949, 1953
The Open ChampionshipWon: 1946
PGA ChampionshipWon: 1942, 1949, 1951
Achievements and awards
member page)
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1938, 1949, 1950
PGA Player of the Year1949
Vardon Trophy1938, 1949, 1950, 1955
PGA Tour Lifetime
Achievement Award
Sam Snead
Allegiance United States
Service/branch U.S. Navy
Years of service1942–1944
UnitSan Diego

Samuel Jackson Snead (May 27, 1912 – May 23, 2002) was an American professional golfer who was one of the top players in the world for the better part of four decades. Snead won a record 82 PGA Tour events, including seven majors. He never won the U.S. Open, though he was runner-up four times.

Snead's nickname was "Slammin' Sammy", and he was admired by many for having the so-called "perfect swing," which generated many imitators. Snead was famed for his folksy image, wearing a straw hat, and making such statements as "Keep close count of your nickels and dimes, stay away from whiskey, and never concede a putt."[1] He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974, and received the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.

Personal life

Born in Ashwood, Virginia, near Hot Springs, Snead began caddying at age seven at The Homestead in Hot Springs. He worked as an assistant pro at The Homestead at 19 and turned professional in 1934. Snead joined the PGA Tour in 1936, and achieved immediate success by winning the West Virginia Closed Pro tournament.

In 1936 he won two matches at the Meadow Brook Club, earning a $10,000 prize. This gave him the money he needed to start playing professionally full-time.[2] In 1944 he became head pro at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and maintained ties to Hot Springs and The Homestead all of his life.

Snead served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1942 to 1944.[3] He was an athletic specialist in Cmdr. Gene Tunney's program in San Diego, and was given a medical discharge for a back injury in September 1944.[4]

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

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