Who's who: Sam Snead

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Who's who: Sam Snead

  • Name:

    Samuel Jackson "Sam" Snead
  • Country:

    USA
  • Lived:

    [1912-2002]. Born on May 27, 1912 in Ashwood, Virginia; Died on May 23, 2002 in Hot Springs, Virginia (aged 89).
  • Original/Home Club:

    The Homestead, VA.
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer, golf writer.
  • Turned Pro:

    1934

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (7): The Open (1946); Masters Tournament (1949, '52, '54); US PGA Ch'ship (1942, '49, '51). Senior MAJORS (6): Snr PGA Ch'ship (1964, '65, '67, '70, '72, '73). Ryder Cup player (1937, '47, '49, '51, '53, '55, '59); Ryder Cup captain (1951, '59, '69). Total professional wins (165), including PGA Tour (82). PGA Tour leading money winner (1938, '49, '50). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1974).

Did you know?

"Slammin' Sam" Snead is one of golf's greatest players. During his professional career he recorded 165 wins, including 82 PGA Tour titles (from 1936-65), and seven major championships. He never won the U.S. Open (he came second four times) and therefore did not record a career slam, as his contemporary Ben Hogan had done (Hogan was also born in 1912).

Snead became the oldest player to win on the PGA Tour, at age 52 he recorded the last of his 82 PGA Tour wins in the Greater Greensboro Open. No other golfer has more PGA Tour wins to his name, although Tiger Woods is close with 79. Jack Nicklaus (third highest) finished his career with 73. Snead became the only man ever to win an official LPGA Tour event, the Royal Poinciana Plaza Invitational (1962).

From 1956 until 1969 Snead combined his tournament play on the PGA Tour with the position of golf professional at the Boca Raton Club in Florida, having succeeded another golfing legend, Tommy Armour, in that post. Snead wrote several golf instruction books, and was always said to possess the "perfect swing."

Top tournaments won by Sam Snead

1982
America
Onion Creek
183 (-27)
$50,000
Liberty Mutual

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Onion Creek

Score

183 (-27)

Prize money

$50,000

Title sponsor

Liberty Mutual

Played as the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (unofficial two-man better-ball team event). Second-placed Sei-ha Chin (Taiw) & Bob Toski (USA), Gene Littler (USA) & Bob Rosburg (USA) and Roberto De Vicenzo (Arg) & Bob Goalby (USA) finished 8 shots behind Sam Snead (USA) & Don January (USA). Reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. [Onion Creek Club, Austin, Texas].

1980
America
$20,000
Golf Digest

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

Golf Digest

Played as the inaugural Golf Digest Commemorative Pro-Am (unofficial US Snr Tr event). Second-placed Bob Goalby (USA) finished 1 shot behind 68-year-old Snead (USA), who shot a 67 in the final round. [Newport CC, Newport, Rhode Island].

1978
America
Onion Creek
193 (-17)
$50,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Onion Creek

Score

193 (-17)

Prize money

$50,000

Title sponsor

x

The inaugural Legends of Golf tournament (two-man team better-ball event, which effectively launched the US Seniors' Tour). Second-placed Peter Thomson (Aus) & Kel Nagle (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Sam Snead (USA) & Gardner Dickinson (USA). [Onion Creek Club, Austin, Texas].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

41st hole

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the World Professional Senior's Golf Championship (Sept 10; 36-hole match between the US and British PGA Senior Champions). Defending champion Snead (USA) beat Kel Nagle (Aus) with a birdie at the 41st hole. [Bide-a-Wee GC, Portsmouth, Virginia].

1973
America
BallenIsles CC
268 (-20)
$6,000
PGA of America

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

BallenIsles CC

Score

268 (-20)

Prize money

$6,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship. Second-placed Julius Boros (Arg) finished 15 shots behind defending champion Snead (USA). [East Course, BallenIsles CC, Palm Beach Gdns, FL. at the time known as Champions course, PGA National GC].

1972
America
BallenIsles CC
286 (-2)
$6,000
PGA of America

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

BallenIsles CC

Score

286 (-2)

Prize money

$6,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship. Second-placed Julius Boros (USA) and Tommy Bolt (USA) finished 1 shot behind Snead (USA). [East Course, BallenIsles CC, Palm Beach Gdns, FL. at the time known as Champions course, PGA National GC].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

3 & 2

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the World Professional Senior's Golf Championship (June 24; 36-hole match between the US and British PGA Senior Champions). Snead (USA) beat Ken Bousfield (Eng) 3 and 2. [Longniddry GC, East Lothian].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

3 & 2

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the World Professional Senior's Golf Championship (Sept 13; 36-hole match between the US and British PGA Senior Champions). Snead (USA) beat Max Faulkner (Eng) 3 and 2. [Bide-a-Wee GC, Portsmouth, Virginia].

1970
America
BallenIsles CC
290 (+2)
$6,000
PGA of America

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

BallenIsles CC

Score

290 (+2)

Prize money

$6,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship. Second-placed Freddie Haas (USA) finished 2 shots behind Snead (USA). [East Course, BallenIsles CC, Palm Beach Gdns, FL. at the time known as Champions course, PGA National GC].

1967
America
BallenIsles CC
279 (-9)
PGA of America

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

BallenIsles CC

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship. Second-placed Bob Hamilton (USA) finished 9 shots behind Snead (USA). [East Course, BallenIsles CC, Palm Beach Gdns, FL. at the time known as Champions course, PGA National GC].

1965
America
273 (-11)
$11,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

273 (-11)

Prize money

$11,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (April 1-4). Second-placed Billy Casper (USA), Phil Rodgers USA) and Jack McGowan (USA) finished 5 shots behind 52-year-old Snead (USA). This was the last of Snead's eight wins in this event. [Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, NC].

1965
America
Ft Lauderdale CC
278 (-10)
PGA of America

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Ft Lauderdale CC

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship. Second-placed Joe Lopez Sr (USA) finished 4 shots behind defending champion Snead (USA). [Ft Lauderdale CC, Ft Lauderdale, FL].

1965
Europe
37th hole
£500
Teacher's

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Formby

Score

37th hole

Prize money

£500

Title sponsor

Teacher's

Played as the Teacher International Senior Golf Championship (July 4; 36-hole match between the US and British PGA Senior Champions; for the unofficial title of world senior professional champion). Defending champion Snead (USA) beat Charlie Ward (Eng) at the 37th hole. [Formby GC, Formby, Merseyside].

1964
America
BallenIsles CC
279 (-9)
PGA of America

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

BallenIsles CC

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship (25th). For the second year running John Barnum (USA) finished in second place, this time behind wire-to-wire winner Snead (USA), who was making his debut in this event. [East Course, BallenIsles CC, Palm Beach Gdns, FL. at the time known as the "new" PGA National GC, taking that name from Dunedin GC, FL].

1964
Europe
7 & 6
£500
Teacher's

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

7 & 6

Prize money

£500

Title sponsor

Teacher's

Played as the Teacher International Senior Golf Championship (July 12; 36-hole match between the US and British PGA Senior Champions; for the unofficial title of world senior professional champion). Snead (USA) beat Syd Scott (Eng). [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].

1964
America
Pinecrest Lakes
272 (-16)
$2,800
Haig Scotch

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Pinecrest Lakes

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

$2,800

Title sponsor

Haig Scotch

Played as the Haig & Haig Scotch Mixed Foursome Invt (two-person team event; one PGA Tr, one LPGA Tr)l. Winning team by 1 shot: Sam Snead (USA, aged 52) & Shirley Englehorn (USA, aged 24). Second-place: Dow Finsterwald (USA) & Marlene Hagge (USA). [Co-hosted by Pinecrest Lakes GC (now Pinecrest GC), Avon Park, FL and Harder Hall GC, Sebring, FL].

1962
America
211
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

211

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Royal Poinciana Invitational. Mickey Wright finished in second place behind Snead.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Second-placed Peter Thomson (Aus) finished 8 shots behind Snead (USA), who won the International Trophy for best individual score in the Canada Cup. Team winners of the Cup: Sam Snead & Jimmy Demaret (USA). [East course, TPC Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico; at the time known as Dorado Beach Resort].].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$10,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Tournament of Champions (May 4-7). Second-placed Tommy Bolt (USA) finished 7 shots behind Snead (USA). [Wynn Las Vegas, Nevada; at the time known as Desert Inn CC].

1960
America
Starmount Forest
270 (-14)
$2,800
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Starmount Forest

Score

270 (-14)

Prize money

$2,800

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (April 14-17). Second-placed and defending champion Dow Finsterwald (USA) finished 2 shots behind Snead (USA). This was the seventh of Snead's eight wins in this event. [Starmount Forest CC, Greensboro, NC].

1960
America
276 (-8)
$5,300
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

276 (-8)

Prize money

$5,300

Title sponsor

x

Played as the first (and only) De Soto Open Invitational (March 24-27). Second-placed Jerry Barber (USA) finished 1 shot behind 47-year-old Snead (USA). [Palms course, Palm-Aire CC, Pompano Beach, FL; at the time known as De Soto Lakes G&CC].

1958
America
Dallas, GC of
272 (-12)
$3,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Dallas, GC of

Score

272 (-12)

Prize money

$3,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Dallas Open Invitational (June 5-8). Defending champion Snead (USA) beat Julius Boros (USA), John McMullin (USA) and Gary Player (S Africa) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [GC of Dallas, Dallas, TX; at the time called Oak Cliff CC].

1957
America
Glen Lakes CC
264 (-20)
$8,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Glen Lakes CC

Score

264 (-20)

Prize money

$8,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Dallas Open Invitational (Sept 13-16). Second-placed Bob Inman (USA), Billy Maxwell (USA) and Cary Middlecoff (USA) finished 10 shots behind Snead (USA). In the second round Snead shot an 11-under-par 60, equalling the PGA Tour record low score for 18 holes, set by Byron Nelson in 1945. [Glen Lakes CC, Dallas, TX; club/course no longer exists].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Palm Beach Round Robin.

1956
America
Starmount Forest
279 (-5)
$2,200
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Starmount Forest

Score

279 (-5)

Prize money

$2,200

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (April 12-15). Defending champion Snead (USA) beat Fred Wampler (USA) with a 30-foot birdie putt at the second playoff hole. This was the sixth of Snead's eight wins in this event. [Starmount Forest CC, Greensboro, NC].

1955
Awards
69.86
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

69.86

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Snead (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour.

1955
America
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Miami Open.

1955
America
Wethersfield CC
269 (-15)
$4,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Wethersfield CC

Score

269 (-15)

Prize money

$4,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Insurance City Open. Second-placed Fred Hawkins (USA) and Mike Souchak (USA) finished 7 shots behind Snead (USA). During the first round of the tournament, W.W. "Bill" Whedon (an amateur) became the first player to record two holes-in-one in the same round of golf on the PGA Tour. [Wethersfield CC, nr Hartford, CT].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Palm Beach Round Robin.

1955
America
Starmount Forest
273 (-7)
$2,200
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Starmount Forest

Score

273 (-7)

Prize money

$2,200

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (April 14-17). Second-placed Art Wall Jr (USA) and Julius Boros (USA) finished 1 shot behind Snead (USA). This was the fifth of Snead's eight wins in this event. [Starmount Forest CC, Greensboro, NC].

1954
America
Panama GC
271
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Panama GC

Score

271

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Panama Open. Won by Snead (USA). [GC de Panama, Panama City, Panama].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Palm Beach Round Robin.

1954
Majors
289 (+1)
$5,000
x

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

289 (+1)

Prize money

$5,000

Title sponsor

x

The Masters Tournament (18th) (April 8-12). Snead (USA) beat Ben Hogan (USA) in an 18-hole playoff: Snead 70 (-2), Hogan 71 (-1). This was Snead's third Masters win in six years. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].

1953
Team Events
3 & 2
$775
x

Category

Team Events

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

3 & 2

Prize money

$775

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Orlando Mixed Foursome. Winning team : McKinnon & Sam Snead. Second-placed team : Babe Zaharias & George Bolesta.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Baton Rouge Open.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Inverness Round Robin Invitational.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Palm Beach Round Robin.

1952
Majors
286 (-2)
$4,000
x

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

286 (-2)

Prize money

$4,000

Title sponsor

x

The Masters Tournament (16th) (April 3-6). Second-placed Jack "Jackie" Burke Jr (USA) finished 4 shots behind Snead (USA), who claimed the second of his three Masters green jackets. Final round played in very windy conditions. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].

1952
America
Tam O'Shanter CC
271 (-17)
$3,420
George S. May

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Tam O'Shanter CC

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

$3,420

Title sponsor

George S. May

Played as the All American Open (aka the Tam O'Shanter). Second-placed Tommy Bolt (USA) finished 8 shots behind Snead (USA). [Tam O'Shanter CC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL; now the municipal Tam O'Shanter Golf Course].

1952
America
267 (-17)
$1,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

267 (-17)

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Brazil Open (Aberto do Brasil). Ricardo Rossi (Brazil) finished in second place behind Snead (USA). [Sao Paulo GC, Santo Amoro, Sao Paulo, Brazil].

1952
America
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Eastern Open.

1951
America
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Miami Open.

1951
Majors
7 & 6
$3,500
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

7 & 6

Prize money

$3,500

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The US PGA Championship (33rd) (Jun 27-Jul 3). Snead (USA) beat Walter Burkemo (USA) 7 and 6 in the 36-hole final, to capture his third and final PGA Championship title. [Oakmont CC, nr Pittsburgh, PA].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

277 (-3)

Prize money

$3,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Colonial National Invitation. Second-placed Skip Alexander (USA) finished 3 shots behind Snead (USA). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the North & South Open.

1950
Awards
69.23
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

69.23

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Snead (USA) won his second straight PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour.

1950
Awards
$35,760
see Score
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

$35,760

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Snead (USA) won his third (and second straight) leading money winner title, with 1950 season earnings of $35,760 on the Tour.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Inverness Invitational Four-Ball.

1950
America
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Miami Open.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

280 (-4)

Prize money

$2,600

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Los Angeles Open (Jan 6-9). Snead (USA) beat Ben Hogan (USA) in an 18-hole playoff (Snead 72, Hogan 76). The playoff was delayed until January 18 due to other tournaments and scheduling conflicts. [Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA].

1950
America
265 (-19)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

265 (-19)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Texas Open. Second-placed Jimmy Demaret (USA) finished 1 shot behind Snead (USA), who shot a pair of 63s in the final two rounds to claim victory. [Brackenridge Park GC, San Antonio, TX. Early rounds also played at Ft Sam Houston GC].

1950
America
269 (-11)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

269 (-11)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (March 23-26). Second-placed Jimmy Demaret (USA) finished 10 shots behind defending champion Snead (USA). This was the fourth of Snead's eight wins in this event. [Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, NC].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Miami Beach Open.

1950
America
214 (-2)
$1,237
Bing Crosby

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

214 (-2)

Prize money

$1,237

Title sponsor

Bing Crosby

Played as the Bing Crosby Pro-Am (Jan 13-15; 54-hole event). Sam Snead (USA), Jack Burke Jr (USA), Smiley Quick (USA) and Dave Douglas (USA) tied for first place. There was no sudden-death playoff in those days. [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Cypress Point Club and Monterey Peninsula CC].

1950
America
Berkshire CC, PA
268 (-20)
$2,600
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Berkshire CC, PA

Score

268 (-20)

Prize money

$2,600

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Reading Open (Sept 7-10). Second-placed Jim Ferrier (USA) finished 8 shots behind Snead (USA). [Berkshire CC, Reading, Pennsylvania].

1950
America
Brentwood CC
282
$2,600
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Brentwood CC

Score

282

Prize money

$2,600

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Western Open. Jim Ferrier (Aus/USA) and E.J. "Dutch" Harrison (USA) finished in second place behind defending champion Snead (USA). [Brentwood CC, Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Washington Star Open.

1949
Awards
69.37
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

69.37

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Snead (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour.

1949
Majors
Hermitage CC, VA
3 & 2
$3,500
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Hermitage CC, VA

Score

3 & 2

Prize money

$3,500

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The US PGA Championship (31st) (May 25-31). Native Virginian Sam Snead (USA) beat Johnny Palmer (USA) 3 and 2 in the 36-hole final, to claim his second PGA Championship title. [Hermitage CC, Manikin-Sabot, VA].

1949
Awards
$31,593
see Score
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

$31,593

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Snead (USA) won his second PGA Tour leading money winner title, with 1949 season earnings of $31,593 on the Tour.

1949
America
Keller GC
268
$2,600
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Keller GC

Score

268

Prize money

$2,600

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Western Open. Cary Middlecoff (USA) finished in second place behind Snead (USA). [Keller GC, St Paul, Minnesota]

1949
Awards
x
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Snead (USA) won the PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average).

1949
America
Starmount Forest
276 (-8)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Starmount Forest

Score

276 (-8)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (March 25-29). Snead (USA) beat defending champion Lloyd Mangrum (USA) in an 18-hole playoff (Snead 68, Mangrum 70). This was the third of Snead's eight wins in this event. [Starmount Forest CC, Greensboro, NC].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Dapper Dan Open.

1949
Majors
283 (-5)
$2,750
x

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

283 (-5)

Prize money

$2,750

Title sponsor

x

The Masters Tournament (13th) (April 7-10). Second-placed Lloyd Mangrum (USA) and Johnny Bulla (USA) finished 3 shots behind Snead (USA), who claimed the first of his three Masters titles. This was the first year that Augusta National's famous green jacket was presented to the Masters winner. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].

1948
America
Willow Springs, TX
264 (-20)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Willow Springs, TX

Score

264 (-20)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Texas Open. Second-placed Jimmy Demaret (USA) finished 2 shots behind Snead (USA). Snead shot four rounds in the 60s to overhaul Demaret's third round 63. [Willow Springs GC, San Antonio, TX].

1946
America
270 (-10)
$1,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

270 (-10)

Prize money

$1,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (March 21-24). Second-placed Herman Keiser (USA) finished 6 shots behind Snead (USA), who recorded the second of his eight wins in this event. [Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, NC].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Virginia Open.

1946
Majors
290 (+2)
£150
R&A

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

290 (+2)

Prize money

£150

Title sponsor

R&A

The Open Championship (75th) (July 3-5). Second-placed Bobby Locke (RSA) and Johnny Bulla (USA) finished 4 shots behind Snead (USA). [The Old Course, St Andrews, Fife].

1946
America
Brentwood GC, FL
264 (-24)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Brentwood GC, FL

Score

264 (-24)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Jacksonville Open (March 14-16). Second-placed Jimmy Demaret (USA) finished 4 shots behind defending champion Snead (USA). [Brentwood GC, Jacksonville, FL].

1946
America
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Miami Open.

1946
America
Tam O'Shanter GC
138 (-6)
$10,000
George S. May

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Tam O'Shanter GC

Score

138 (-6)

Prize money

$10,000

Title sponsor

George S. May

Played as the inaugural World Championship of Golf (PGA Tr 36-hole exhibition event). Second-placed Byron Nelson (USA) finished 2 shots behind Snead (USA). [Tam O'Shanter GC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL. At the time Tam O'Shanter CC].

1945
America
Brentwood GC, FL
266 (-22)
$1,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Brentwood GC, FL

Score

266 (-22)

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Jacksonville Open (March 2-4). Second-placed Bob Hamilton (USA) finished 4 shots behind Snead (USA). [Brentwood GC, Jacksonville, FL].

1945
America
Dallas CC
276 (-12)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Dallas CC

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Dallas Open (Sept 6-9). Second-placed Harold "Jug" McSpaden (USA) finished 4 shots behind Snead (USA). [Dallas CC, Dallas, TX].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Gulfport Open

1945
America
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Tulsa Open.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

283 (-1)

Prize money

$2,666

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Los Angeles Open (Jan 5-8). Second-placed Harold McSpaden (USA) and Byron Nelson (USA) finished 1 shot behind Snead (USA). [Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Pensacola Open Invitational.

1944
America
Richmond CC, CA
278 (-6)
$1,600
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Richmond CC, CA

Score

278 (-6)

Prize money

$1,600

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Richmond Open (Dec 14-17). Second-placed Charles "Chuck" Congdon (USA) finished 1 shot behind Snead (USA). [Richmond CC, nr San Francisco, CA].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Portland Open. Won by Sam Snead (USA). [Portland GC, Portland, Oregon].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the St Petersburg Open.

1942
Majors
2 & 1
$1,000
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

2 & 1

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The US PGA Championship (25th) (May 23-31). Snead (USA) beat Jim Turnesa (USA) 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final. Turnesa, an Army corporal, had been granted leave to play in this event; meanwhile Snead had to report for wartime service in the US Navy the day after the Championship. [Bay course, Seaview Resort, Galloway, nr Atlantic City, NJ].

1941
America
Lambton GC
274 (-10)
$1,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Lambton GC

Score

274 (-10)

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Canadian Open. Second-placed Bob Gray Jr (Scot/Can) finished 2 shots behind defending champion and three-time Canadian Open winner Snead (USA). [Lambton G&CC, Toronto, Ont.].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Rochester Times Union Open.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Henry Hurst Invitational.

1941
America
279
$1,200
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

279

Prize money

$1,200

Title sponsor

x

Played as the St Petersburg Open.

1941
America
277
$1,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

277

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the North & South Open.

1941
America
Rancho Santa Fe
136 (-8)
$500
Bing Crosby

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Rancho Santa Fe

Score

136 (-8)

Prize money

$500

Title sponsor

Bing Crosby

Played as the Bing Crosby Pro-Am (Jan 25/26; 36-hole event). Second-placed Craig Wood (USA) finished 1 shot behind Snead (USA), who won this event for the third time in its five year history. [Rancho Sante Fe GC, nr San Diego, CA].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Anthracite Open.

1940
America
281 (-3)
$1,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

281 (-3)

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Canadian Open. Snead (USA) beat defending champion Harold "Jug" McSpaden (USA) in an 18-hole playoff (Snead 71, McSpaden 72). [Scarboro G&CC, Toronto, Ont.].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Inverness Invitational Four-Ball.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Miami Biltmore Four-Ball.

1939
America
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Miami Open.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the St Petersburg Open.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Inverness Invitational.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Palm Beach Round Robin.

1938
America
Rancho Santa Fe
139 (-5)
$500
Bing Crosby

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Rancho Santa Fe

Score

139 (-5)

Prize money

$500

Title sponsor

Bing Crosby

Played as the Bing Crosby Pro-Am (Jan 16/17; 36-hole event). Second-placed Jimmy Hines (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Snead (USA). [Rancho Sante Fe GC, nr San Diego, CA].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Westchester 108 Hole Open

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the White Sulphur Springs Open.

1938
America
271 (-11)
$1,200
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

271 (-11)

Prize money

$1,200

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Greater Greensboro Open (March 26-28). Second-placed Johnny Revolta (USA) finished 5 shots behind Snead (USA), who recorded the first of his eight wins in this event. [Sedgefield CC and Starmount Forest CC, Greensboro, NC].

1938
Awards
520 pts
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

520 pts

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Snead (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, based on a season-long points accumulation.

1938
Awards
$19,543
see Score
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

$19,543

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Snead (USA) was the PGA Tour 1938 leading money winner, with earnings of $19,543 on the Tour.

1938
America
277 (-3)
$1,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

277 (-3)

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Canadian Open. Snead (USA) beat defending champion Harry "Lighthorse" Cooper (Eng/USA) in a 27-hole playoff. The two players both scored 67 in the 18-hole playoff. Snead then prevailed in an additional 9-hole playoff. [Mississaugua G&CC, Mississauga, Ont.].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Chicago Open. [Olympia Fields CC, nr Chicago, IL].

1937
America
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Nassau Open.

1937
America
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the St Paul Open.

1937
America
Rancho Santa Fe
68 (-4)
$500
Bing Crosby

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Rancho Santa Fe

Score

68 (-4)

Prize money

$500

Title sponsor

Bing Crosby

Played as the inaugural Bing Crosby Pro-Am (Feb 5/6). Second-placed George Von Elm (USA) finished 4 shots behind Snead (USA). Event reduced from 36 holes to 18 following cancellation of first round due to rain. [Rancho Sante Fe GC, nr San Diego, CA].

1937
America
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Oakland Open.

1937
America
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Miami Open.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the West Virginia Closed Pro.

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