Sam Snead

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Sam Snead
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Snead in 1967
Personal information
Full nameSamuel Jackson Snead
NicknameThe Slammer
Slammin' 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)
NationalityFlag of the United States.svg  United States
SpouseAudrey Karnes Snead
(m. 1940–90, her death)
ChildrenSam Jr., Terrence
Career
Turned professional1934
Retired1987
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins142
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour82 (T-1st all time)
LPGA Tour1
Other45 (regular)
14 (senior)
Best results in major championships
(wins: 7)
Masters Tournament Won: 1949, 1952, 1954
PGA Championship Won: 1942, 1949, 1951
U.S. Open 2nd/T2: 1937, 1947, 1949, 1953
The Open Championship Won: 1946
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 1974 (member page)
PGA
leading money winner
1938, 1949, 1950
PGA Golfer of the Year 1949
Vardon Trophy 1938, 1949, 1950, 1955
PGA Tour Lifetime
Achievement Award
1998

Samuel Jackson Snead (pronounced [ sni:d]; 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 (having won PGA of America and Senior PGA Tour events over six decades [1] ) and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. Snead was awarded a record 94 gold medallions, for wins in PGA of America (referred to by most as the PGA) Tour [2] [3] events [4] and later credited with winning a record 82 PGA Tour events, [5] including seven majors. He never won the U.S. Open, though he was runner-up four times. Snead was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.

Contents

Snead's nicknames included "The Slammer", "Slammin' Sammy Snead", and "The Long Ball Hitter from West Virginia", and he was admired by many for having a "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." [6] and "There are no short hitters on the tour anymore, just long and unbelievably long." [7] Fellow West Virginia Golf Hall of Fame Inductee Bill Campbell has said of Snead, "He was the best natural player ever. He had the eye of an eagle, the grace of a leopard and the strength of a lion." Gary Player once said that, "I don't think there's any question in my mind that Sam Snead had the greatest golf swing of any human being that ever lived". Jack Nicklaus said that Snead's swing was, "so perfect".

Awards

Snead was the PGA leading money winner in 1938, 1949 and 1950. He won the Vardon Trophy, for lowest scoring average, four times: 1938, 1949, 1950, and 1955. In 1949, he was PGA Golfer of the Year. [8] [9]

Snead was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1973. [10] In 1986, Snead was inducted into the Middle Atlantic PGA Hall of Fame. [2] Snead was also inducted into the PGA of America Hall of Fame [2] [11] and the Helms Hall of Fame. [12] Snead received the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998. In 2009, Snead was inducted into the inaugural class of the West Virginia Golf Hall of Fame [13] [14] [15] and in 2016, Snead was the unanimous top choice for inclusion in the Virginia Golf Hall of Fame's inaugural class. [16]

Personal life

Born in Ashwood, Virginia, near Hot Springs, Snead began caddying at age seven at The Homestead's Old Course in Hot Springs. He worked as an assistant pro at The Homestead at 17 in 1929, then moved to the Cascades Course and turned professional in 1934. [2] During the depression, Snead self taught himself the game of golf from a set of clubs carved from tree limbs. 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. [17] In 1944 he became resident playing professional at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and maintained ties to Hot Springs and The Homestead all of his life. During the winter, he was resident playing pro at the Boca Raton Resort from 1956–1969. [18] Each spring he returned to the Mid-Atlantic, stopping at The Masters Tournament on his way back to The Greenbrier.

Snead served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1942 to 1944. [19] 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. [20]

Snead appeared as himself in an episode of The Phil Silvers Show, The Colonel Breaks Par, in 1957. [21]

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

Career

In July 1936, Snead won his first tournament, the West Virginia Closed Pro, contested at The Greenbrier's Championship Course and Old White Course. He shot rounds of 70-61 to rout Logan, West Virginia professional, Clem Wiechman by 16 strokes (74-73). [22] [23] The following month, he won the first of 17 West Virginia Open championships by beating Art Clark by five strokes at Guyan Country Club in Huntington, West Virginia. [24]

In 1937, Snead's first full year on the PGA Tour, [2] he won six events, including the Oakland Open at Claremont Country Club in California and his second West Virginia Open. In Snead's debut in the U.S. Open hosted at Oakland Hills, he finishes runner-up to Ralph Guldahl (who wins with 19 clubs in his bag). [25] Snead shared the first round lead shooting 69 with fellow West Virginian Denny Shute (1936 and 1937 PGA Champion). In Snead's first of two attempts in The Open Championship, he finished tied for 11th. [26] While working at The Greenbrier, Snead played in the U.S. Pro Tennis Championships. In the first round, he faced eventual winner Karel Kozeluh, losing to Kozeluh by scores of 6-1, 6-1, and 6-1.

In 1938, Snead first won the Greater Greensboro Open, the first of eight times, the Tour record for victories of a single tournament event. Snead's last win at Greensboro was in 1965, at the age of 52 years, 311 days, making him the oldest player to win a PGA Tour event. [27] Snead introduced his first book, Sam Snead's quick way to better golf. [28]

In 1939, Snead won three times. 1939 was the first of four times (although Snead had already come close in 1937, losing to the eventual champion who had 19 clubs in his bag) where Snead failed at crucial moments of the U.S. Open, the only major event he never won. Needing par to win at the Philadelphia C.C., but not knowing that, since on-course scoreboards did not exist at that time, Snead posted a triple-bogey 8 on the par-5 72nd hole, taking a risky shot from a difficult lie in the fairway. Snead had been told on the 18th tee by a spectator that he needed a birdie to win. [19] Snead ended up in fifth place, two shots behind three players who went into a playoff.

During World War II, Snead was prevented in participating in 14 major championships (1940–1945 Open Championship, 1942–1945 U.S. Open, 1943–1945 Masters, 1943 PGA Championship), due to their cancellation. Snead served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1944.

In 1946, Snead won six times including the Open Championship at St Andrews. Expenses were more than 3x the winning purse [29] and like Hogan (who won in his only attempt in 1953) and Nelson (who finished 5th in his only attempt in 1937) he never went back to play in the Open Championship. [30] Snead introduced the book, Sam Snead's How to play golf, and professional tips on improving your score. Also, rules of the game of golf, as approved by the United States Golf Association, and by the Royal and ancient golf club of St. Andrews. [31]

At the U.S. Open in 1947, Snead missed a 30-inch (76 cm) putt on the final playoff hole to finish runner-up to Lew Worsham. [32]

Snead won three times in 1948, including his first Texas Open and fourth West Virginia Open.

In 1949, Snead won nine PGA events including two majors including the Masters [33] and the PGA Championship [34] and was awarded Golfer of the Year. For Snead, it was the third of four second-place finishes at the U.S. Open, the only major championship he never won. Needing two pars to finish in a tie for the lead, Snead took three shots to hole out his ball from the fringe of the green on the 17th hole. [35] [36]

In 1950, Snead won 11 events, placing him third in that category behind Byron Nelson (18, in 1945) and Ben Hogan (13, in 1946). [37] Snead claimed that 1950 was his "greatest year" winning "eleven tournaments" including a playoff victory over Hogan in the L.A. Open yet lost the "Golfer of the Year" to Hogan, who won one "tournament". [1] His scoring average of 69.23 was a Vardon Trophy record that stood for 50 years. [38]

In 1952, Snead won ten events including the Masters. [39] At the Jacksonville Open, Snead forfeited rather than play an 18-hole playoff against Doug Ford after the two golfers finished in a tie at the end of regulation play. The forfeit stemmed from a ruling Snead received during the tournament's second round of play. On the 10th hole, Snead's drive landed behind an out of bounds stake. While Chick Harbert, who was playing with Snead, thought the ball was out of bounds, [40] a rules official ruled differently due to the starter not telling players the stakes had been moved after the previous day's play had ended. Afterwards, Snead explained why he forfeited even though Ford suggested they play sudden death for the title. "I want to be fair about it. I don't want anyone to think I took advantage of the ruling." [41] Snead set the record for most PGA wins after reaching age 40, with 17.

In 1953, Snead won three events. He finished runner-up to Ben Hogan at the U.S. Open (the fourth time he would finish runner-up at the U.S. Open). [42]

In 1954, Snead won two events, one of which was the Masters in an 18-hole playoff over Ben Hogan. [43] [44] [45]

In December 1959, Snead took part in a controversial match against Mason Rudolph, at the Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda. Snead decided to deliberately lose the televised match, played under the "World Championship Golf" series, during its final holes, after he discovered on the 12th hole that he had too many golf clubs in his bag. (A player is limited to 14 clubs during competitive rounds.) The match was tied at that stage. The extra club in his bag, a fairway wood Snead had been experimenting with in practice, would have caused him to be immediately disqualified according to the Rules of Golf, even though he did not use it during the round. After the match was over, Snead explained the matter, and said he did not disqualify himself in order not to spoil the show. The problem did not become known outside a small circle until the show was televised four months later. After the incident came to light, the sponsor cancelled further participation in the series. [46]

Beginning in 1960, Snead hosted television's Celebrity Golf program, emceed by Harry von Zell, competing for charity in nine-hole contests against Hollywood celebrities like Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Bob Hope. Snead had appeared with Martin and Lewis in their 1953 comedy film, The Caddy .

On February 7, 1962, at age 49, Snead won the Royal Poinciana Plaza Invitational. He is the only man to ever win an official LPGA Tour event. [47]

His 1962 autobiography was titled The Education of a Golfer. [48] Snead later wrote several golf instructional books, and frequently wrote instructional columns in golf magazines.

In 1965, Snead became the oldest player (52 years, 10 months and 8 days) to win on the PGA Tour (the Greater Greensboro Open).

Snead played on seven Ryder Cup teams: 1937, 1947, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1955, and 1959. Snead was selected to the 1939 Ryder Cup team however the event was never played due to WWII. [49] He captained the team in 1951, 1959, and 1969.

In 1971, he won the PGA Club Professional Championship at Pinehurst Resort.

In 1973, Snead became the oldest player to make a cut in a U.S. Open at age 61.

In the 1974, age 61, he shot a third round 66 at the Los Angeles Open at Riviera Country Club to move into contention. A birdie at #17 in the last round moved him to within one stroke of the lead. Dave Stockton hit a miraculous fairway wood on the final hole. Snead was joint runner-up.

He shot a final round 68 at the 1974 PGA Championship to finish tied for third, three strokes behind winner Lee Trevino. At age 62, it was Snead's third consecutive top-10 finish at the PGA Championship, but his last time in contention at a major.

In 1978, he won the first Legends of Golf event, which was the impetus for the creation, two years later, of the Senior PGA Tour, now the Champions Tour.

In 1979, he was the youngest PGA Tour golfer to shoot his age (67) in the second round of the 1979 Quad Cities Open. He shot under his age (66) in the final round.

In 1982 he teamed with Don January to shoot 27-under-par to win the rain-shortened 54 hole Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf event at Onion Creek Club "The Birthplace of the Senior PGA Tour" in Austin, Texas. This victory would mark victories for Snead that spanned over six decades (1930s–1980s) winning tour and senior tour events.

In 1983, at age 71, he shot a round of 60 (12-under-par) at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia.

In 1986, Snead wrote the book, Pigeons, marks, hustlers and other golf bettors you can beat. [50]

In 1997, at age 85, he shot a round of 78 at the Old White course of The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

In 1998, he received the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award, the fourth person to be so honored.

From 1984 to 2002, he hit the honorary starting tee shot at the Masters Tournament. Until 1999, he was joined by Gene Sarazen, and until 2001, by Byron Nelson.

In 2000, Snead was ranked the third greatest golfer of all time, in Golf Digest magazine's rankings, behind only Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan. [51]

Death

Snead's grave at his house in Hot Springs Sam Snead Cemetery.jpg
Snead's grave at his house in Hot Springs

Snead died in Hot Springs, Virginia, in 2002 following complications from a stroke, four days before his 90th birthday. He was survived by two sons: Sam Jr. of Hot Springs, and Terry, of Mountain Grove, Virginia, and a brother, Pete, of Pittsburgh, as well as two grandchildren. His wife Audrey died in 1990. His nephew J. C. Snead was also a PGA Tour golfer.

Playing style

During his peak years, Snead was an exceptionally long driver, particularly into the wind, with very good accuracy as well. He was a superb player with the long irons. Snead was also known for a very creative short game, pioneering use of the sand wedge for short shots from grass. As he aged, he began to experiment with different putting styles. Snead pioneered croquet-style putting in the 1960s, where he straddled the ball with one leg on each side. The United States Golf Association banned this technique in 1968 by amending the old Rule 35–1, [52] since until that time, golfers had always faced the ball when striking. Snead then went to side-saddle putting, where he crouched and angled his feet towards the hole, and held the club with a split grip. He used that style for the rest of his career.

Records

Snead holds the following records:

Sources: [1] [37]

Professional wins (142)

PGA Tour wins (82)

Legend
Major championships (7)
Other PGA Tour (75)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Jul 10, 1936West Virginia Closed Pro−9 (70-61=131)16 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Clem Wiechman
2Jan 17, 1937 Oakland Open −2 (69-65-69-67=270)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Ralph Guldahl
3Feb 7, 1937 Bing Crosby Pro-Am −4 (68)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg George Von Elm
4Aug 1, 1937 St. Paul Open −5 (72-69-71-71=283)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Willie Goggin
5Dec 20, 1937 Nassau Open −4 (66-70-70-70=276)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Vic Ghezzi
6Dec 25, 1937 Miami Open −13 (68-67-66-66=267)5 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Ralph Guldahl, Flag of the United States.svg Horton Smith
7Jan 17, 1938 Bing Crosby Pro-Am −5 (72-67=139)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Hines
8Mar 28, 1938 Greater Greensboro Open −11 (66-68-69-68=271)5 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Revolta
9May 29, 1938 Inverness Invitational Four-Ball
(with Flag of the United States.svg Vic Ghezzi)
+9 points1 point Flag of the United States.svg Harry Cooper and Flag of the United States.svg Horton Smith,
Flag of the United States.svg Ed Dudley and Flag of the United States.svg Ky Laffoon
10Jun 26, 1938 Palm Beach Round Robin +14 pointsPlayoff Flag of the United States.svg Gene Sarazen
11Jul 24, 1938 Chicago Open −3 (64-73-70=207)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Ralph Guldahl
12Aug 22, 1938 Canadian Open −11 (69-67-69-72=277)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Harry Cooper
13Sep 27, 1938 Westchester 108 Hole Open +10 (73-72-73-72-71-69=430)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Billy Burke
14Nov 10, 1938 White Sulphur Springs Open −7 (68-68-69-68=273)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Ky Laffoon
15Mar 3, 1939 St. Petersburg Open −9 (70-69-68=207)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Henry Picard
16Mar 8, 1939 Miami Biltmore International Four-Ball
(with Flag of the United States.svg Ralph Guldahl)
7 & 6 Flag of the United States.svg Paul Runyan and Flag of the United States.svg Horton Smith
17Dec 17, 1939 Miami Open −12 (68-72-67-64=271)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Jug McSpaden
18Jun 16, 1940 Inverness Invitational Four-Ball
(with Flag of the United States.svg Ralph Guldahl)
+15 points3 points Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Demaret and Flag of the United States.svg Dick Metz
19Aug 19, 1940 Canadian Open −3 (67-66-75-73=281)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Jug McSpaden
20Sep 8, 1940 Anthracite Open −4 (65-73-68-70=276)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Byron Nelson
21Jan 25, 1941 Bing Crosby Pro-Am −8 (67-69=136)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Craig Wood
22Feb 28, 1941 St. Petersburg Open −5 (67-72-68-72=279)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Herman Barron, Flag of the United States.svg Chick Harbert,
Flag of the United States.svg Ben Hogan, Flag of the United States.svg Jug McSpaden
23Mar 20, 1941 North and South Open −11 (69-66-73-69=277)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Clayton Heafner
24Aug 9, 1941 Canadian Open −6 (71-68-66-69=274)2 strokes Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg Bob Gray
25Aug 17, 1941 Rochester Times-Union Open −3 (67-70-73-67=277)7 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Ben Hogan
26Sep 21, 1941 Henry Hurst Invitational −8 (64-74-69-65=272)9 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Dick Metz
27Mar 6, 1942 St. Petersburg Open −2 (70-74-73-72=286)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Sam Byrd, Flag of the United States.svg Chick Harbert,
Flag of the United States.svg Byron Nelson
28May 31, 1942 PGA Championship 2 & 1 Flag of the United States.svg Jim Turnesa
29Nov 26, 1944 Portland Open +1 (70-74-73-72=289)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Mike Turnesa
30Dec 17, 1944 Richmond Open −6 (70-69-69-70=278)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Charles Congdon
31Jan 8, 1945 Los Angeles Open −1 (71-71-72-69=283)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Jug McSpaden, Flag of the United States.svg Byron Nelson
32Feb 19, 1945 Gulfport Open −9 (65-71-70-69=275)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Byron Nelson
33Feb 25, 1945 Pensacola Open −21 (67-64-68-68=267)7 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Byron Nelson
34Mar 4, 1945 Jacksonville Open −22 (69-65-66-66=266)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Bob Hamilton
35Sep 9, 1945 Dallas Open −12 (70-69-69-68=276)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Jug McSpaden
36Sep 16, 1945 Southwestern Invitational −7 (68-67-69-73=277)9 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Vic Ghezzi, Flag of the United States.svg Ben Hogan
37Mar 17, 1946 Jacksonville Open −24 (64-66-67-67=264)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Demaret
38Mar 24, 1946 Greater Greensboro Open −10 (70-67-67-66=270)6 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Herman Keiser
39Apr 21, 1946 Virginia Open −1 (69-66-68-72=275)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Chandler Harper
40Jul 5, 1946 The Open Championship −2 (71-70-74-75=290)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Bulla, Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Bobby Locke
41Sep 8, 1946 World Championship of Golf −6 (69-69=138)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Byron Nelson
42Dec 8, 1946 Miami Open −12 (65-66-66-71=268)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Clayton Heafner
43Feb 8, 1948 Texas Open −20 (66-65-65-68=264)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Demaret
44Mar 28, 1949 Greater Greensboro Open −8 (68-69-69-70=276)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Lloyd Mangrum
45Apr 10, 1949 Masters Tournament −6 (73-75-67-67=282)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Bulla, Flag of the United States.svg Lloyd Mangrum
46May 31, 1949 PGA Championship 3 & 2 Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Palmer
47Jul 4, 1949 Washington Star Open −16 (69-64-69-70=272)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Cary Middlecoff
48Jul 18, 1949 Dapper Dan Open −16 (67-67-69-71=272)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Lloyd Mangrum
49Jul 31, 1949 Western Open −20 (69-67-65-67=268)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Cary Middlecoff
50Jan 15, 1950 Bing Crosby Pro-Am −2 (69-72-73=214)Tied Flag of the United States.svg Jack Burke Jr., Flag of the United States.svg Dave Douglas,
Flag of the United States.svg Smiley Quick
51Jan 18, 1950 Los Angeles Open −4 (71-72-71-66=280)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Ben Hogan
52Feb 12, 1950 Texas Open −19 (71-68-63-63=265)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Demaret
53Mar 12, 1950 Miami Beach Open −15 (71-66-65-71=273)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Lawson Little
54Mar 26, 1950 Greater Greensboro Open −11 (66-70-66-67=269)10 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Demaret
55May 21, 1950 Western Open −2 (69-71-69-73=282)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Jim Ferrier, Flag of the United States.svg Dutch Harrison
56May 28, 1950 Colonial National Invitation −3 (66-72-66-73=277)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Skip Alexander
57Jul 16, 1950 Inverness Invitational Four-Ball
(with Flag of the United States.svg Jim Ferrier)
+18 points13 points Flag of the United States.svg Fred Haas and Flag of the United States.svg Fred Hawkins
58Sep 10, 1950 Reading Open −20 (68-65-65-70=268)8 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Jim Ferrier
59Nov 3, 1950 North and South Open −13 (68-71-66-70=275)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Palmer
60Dec 3, 1950 Miami Open −13 (69-66-66-66=267)5 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Jack Burke Jr., Flag of the United States.svg Dick Mayer
61Jul 3, 1951 PGA Championship 7 & 6 Flag of the United States.svg Walter Burkemo
62Dec 9, 1951 Miami Open −12 (64-68-68-68=268)5 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Chandler Harper, Flag of the United States.svg Dutch Harrison
63Apr 6, 1952 Masters Tournament −2 (70-67-77-72=286)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Jack Burke Jr.
64May 18, 1952 Palm Beach Round Robin +57 points2 points Flag of the United States.svg Cary Middlecoff
65Jun 29, 1952 Inverness Invitational Four-Ball
(with Flag of the United States.svg Jim Ferrier)
+13 points12 points Flag of the United States.svg Doug Ford and Flag of the United States.svg Porky Oliver
66Aug 3, 1952 All American Open −17 (67-65-74-65=271)8 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Bolt
67Sep 14, 1952 Eastern Open −13 (71-67-68-69=275)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Porky Oliver
68Mar 8, 1953 Baton Rouge Open −13 (69-68-67-71=275)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Dick Mayer
69Apr 12, 1954 Masters Tournament +1 (74-73-70-72=289)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Ben Hogan
70May 16, 1954 Palm Beach Round Robin +62 points36 points Flag of the United States.svg Bob Toski
71Apr 17, 1955 Greater Greensboro Open −7 (68-67-69-69=273)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Julius Boros, Flag of the United States.svg Art Wall Jr.
72Jun 5, 1955 Palm Beach Round Robin +46 points24 points Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Palmer
73Sep 5, 1955 Insurance City Open −15 (66-68-66-69=269)7 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Fred Hawkins, Flag of the United States.svg Mike Souchak
74Dec 11, 1955 Miami Open −9 (70-67-64=201)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Bolt
75Apr 15, 1956 Greater Greensboro Open −5 (66-69-74-70=279)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Fred Wampler
76Jun 2, 1957 Palm Beach Round Robin +41 points8 points Flag of the United States.svg Doug Ford
77Sep 16, 1957 Dallas Open Invitational −20 (70-60-66-68=264)10 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Bob Inman, Flag of the United States.svg Billy Maxwell,
Flag of the United States.svg Cary Middlecoff
78Jun 8, 1958 Dallas Open Invitational −8 (67-67-69-69=272)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Julius Boros, Flag of the United States.svg John McMullen,
Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Gary Player
79Mar 27, 1960 De Soto Open Invitational −8 (69-72-67-68=276)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Jerry Barber
80Apr 17, 1960 Greater Greensboro Open −14 (68-66-67-69=270)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Dow Finsterwald
81May 7, 1961 Tournament of Champions −15 (68-67-69-69=273)7 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Bolt
82Apr 4, 1965 Greater Greensboro Open −11 (68-69-68-68=273)5 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Billy Casper, Flag of the United States.svg Jack McGowan,
Flag of the United States.svg Phil Rodgers

Sources: [5] [53]

The 1937 Bing Crosby Pro-Am was reduced from 36 to 18 holes because of bad weather. The 1938 Chicago Open was reduced to 54 holes by bad weather. The 1950 Los Angeles Open was played before the Bing Crosby Pro-Am but the playoff was delayed because of bad weather and played later. The 1946 Open Championship win was not counted as a PGA Tour win at the time, but designated as such in 2002. The 1955 Miami Open was reduced to 54 holes by bad weather.

LPGA Tour wins (1)

Other wins (45)

Note: this list is incomplete.

Senior wins (14)

Major championships

Wins (7)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner(s)-up
1942 PGA Championship n/a2 & 1 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Jim Turnesa
1946 The Open Championship Tied for lead−2 (71-70-74-75=290)4 strokes Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Johnny Bulla, Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Bobby Locke
1949 Masters Tournament 1 shot deficit−6 (73-75-67-67=282)3 strokes Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Johnny Bulla, Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Lloyd Mangrum
1949 PGA Championship (2)n/a3 & 2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Johnny Palmer
1951 PGA Championship (3)n/a7 & 6 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Walter Burkemo
1952 Masters Tournament (2)Tied for lead−2 (70-67-77-72=286)4 strokes Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Jack Burke, Jr.
1954 Masters Tournament (3)3 shot deficit+1 (74-73-70-72=289)Playoff 1 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Ben Hogan

Note: The PGA Championship was match play until 1958.
1 Defeated Ben Hogan in 18-hole playoff – Snead 70 (−2), Hogan 71 (−1)

Results timeline

Tournament193719381939
Masters Tournament 18T312
U.S. Open 2T385
The Open Championship T11
PGA Championship R162
Tournament1940194119421943194419451946194719481949
Masters Tournament T7T6T7NTNTNTT7T22T161
U.S. Open T16T13NTNTNTNTT1925T2
The Open Championship NTNTNTNTNTNT1
PGA Championship 2QF1NTR32R32QF1
Tournament1950195119521953195419551956195719581959
Masters Tournament 3T81T1613T4213T22
U.S. Open T12T10T102T11T3T24T8CUTT8
The Open Championship
PGA Championship R321R64R32QFR32QFR163T8
Tournament1960196119621963196419651966196719681969
Masters Tournament T11T15T15T3CUTCUTT42T1042CUT
U.S. Open T19T17T38T42T34T24T9T38
The Open Championship T6CUT
PGA Championship T3T27T17T27T6T6T34T63
Tournament1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
Masters Tournament T23CUTT27T29T20WDCUTWDCUTCUT
U.S. Open CUTT29CUTCUT
The Open Championship CUT
PGA Championship T12T34T4T9T3CUTCUTT54T42
Tournament1980198119821983
Masters Tournament CUTCUTWDWD
U.S. Open
The Open Championship
PGA Championship WDWD
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

NT = no tournament
WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 323915264431
U.S. Open 041712213127
The Open Championship 10012353
PGA Championship 3231319263834
Totals78730487611895

U.S. national team appearances

Professional

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