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Sam Snead

Personal information
NameSam Snead
Full nameSamuel Jackson Snead
NicknameSlammin' Sammy
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight185 lb (83.9 kg ; 13.2 st)
NationalityUnited States
Turned professional1934
Current toursPGA Tour
Champions Tour
Former toursPGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins165
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour82 (1st all time)
Other Major tour wins70 (regular)
14 (senior)
Best results in Major Championships
Masters TournamentWon: 1949, 1952, 1954
U.S. Open2nd/T2: 1937, 1947, 1949, 1953
The Open Championship2nd/T2: 1937, 1947, 1949, 1953
PGA ChampionshipWon: 1942, 1949, 1951
Achievements and awards
Hall of Fame1974
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1938, 1949, 1950
PGA Player of the Year1949
Vardon Trophy1938, 1949, 1950, 1955
PGA Tour Lifetime
Achievement Award

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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 most of four decades. He and two of the other greatest golfers of all time, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, were born within six months of each other in 1912. Snead won a record 82 PGA Tour events.

Snead won seven majors: three Masters, three PGA Championships and one British Open. But his reputation has always been slightly tarnished by his failure to win a U.S. Open. Snead used to share the record for most second-place finishes in that championship (four) with four others; Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Phil Mickelson. After the 2009 U.S. Open, Mickelson became the all-time leader with five second-place finishes.

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

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