1974: Still a marvel at 62

Champion: Lee Trevino, Jupiter Island, Fla.
Site: Tanglewood Golf Club, Clemmons, N.C.
Date: Aug. 8-11
Purse: $225,000
Par: 35-35 - 70 (7,050 yards)
Field: 141 Cut at 149 (78 players advanced)

The 56th PGA Championship is remembered more for Lee Trevino using a putter he found in an attic, and slogging his way through a week of steady rain to beat Jack Nicklaus by a stroke. Despite Trevino's impressive achievement, the finish of a 62-year-old Sam Snead is overlooked. Twenty-three years after his last victory in the PGA Championship, Snead made a serious run at the title. He had a final-round 68 to tie for third.

"I could have won if I could only putt," Snead said. Earlier that year, Snead finished runner-up to Dave Stockton in the Los Angeles Open, and despite finishing fourth in the Quad Cities Open, had shared the third-round lead. He ended the season by placing second with nephew J.C. Snead in the Walt Disney team event. Snead capped his PGA Championship career in 1981, 44 years after is first match. In stroke play, Snead played in 21 Championships and finished third times. He made the cut 17 times, and had a 72.26 scoring average in 74 rounds.

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