The most prolific winner in PGA Tour history, Sam Snead, would have been 103 years old today.
Nicknamed, "Slammin' Sammy" for what many perceived to be the perfect golf swing, the seven-time major champion (3 Masters, 1 British Open, 3 PGA Championships) was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974, and received the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.
In 1973, Snead became the oldest player to make a cut in a U.S. Open at age 61.
In the 1974 PGA Championship, a 62-year-old Snead remarkably tied for third, three strokes behind winner Lee Trevino. It was Snead's third straight top-10 in the PGA Championship and the last time he found himself in contention at a major.
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.
Snead is also a six-time Senior PGA Champion and a three-time U.S. Ryder Cup Captain.
On May 23, 2002 -- just four days before his 90th birthday -- Snead died following complications from a stroke.
Among Snead's incredible list of accomplishments on the PGA Tour:
- Most PGA Tour victories at an event: 8 at the Greater Greensboro Open (1938, 1946, 1949, 1950, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1965); tied by Tiger Woods at the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational and 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
- Oldest player to make a cut on the PGA Tour: age 67 years, 2 months, 21 days at the 1979 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic.
- Only player to post a top-10 finish in at least one major championship in five different decades.
Snead hit the honorary opening tee shot at the Masters from 1984-2002. Gene Sarazen joined Snead on the first tee at Augusta National until 1991 and Byron Nelson until 2001.
Here are some great Sam Snead quotes:
- "Practice puts brains in your muscles."
- "Of all the hazards, fear is the worst."
- "These greens are so fast I have to hold my putter over the ball and hit it with the shadow."
- "Forget your opponents; always play against par."