Sam Snead remains only male to have won LPGA event

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On Feb. 7, 1962, Sam Snead became the first – and only – male to win a LPGA event.
By T.J. Auclair
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Published: Monday, July 02, 2018 | 12:46 p.m.

Here's something you may not have known about the PGA Tour's all-time wins (82) leader, Sam Snead: Slammin' Sammy became the first and only male to win an LPGA event on Feb. 7, 1962.

Huh?

Snead was in the field at the 15-player field at the Royal Poinciana Plaza Invitational played at Palm Beach Golf Club – a par-3 course – in 1961 and 1962.

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In 1961, the field boasted 24 men and women. Louise Suggs won that event by one stroke and Snead finished third, two shots behind.

But in 1962, Snead received a special invitation to compete in the event, according to ESPN, and he prevailed by five strokes over Mickey Wright. Patty Berg, Kathy Whitworth and Betsy Rawls were also in the field, where Snead was the only male of the 15 players who teed it up.

Snead's winning total was 5-under 211 in the event which featured four rounds over two days.

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It's been written that Snead won "about $1,500" in the victory, but as www.golfhistorytoday.com notes, it came at a cost.

According to a Palm Beach Post report:

"The last three holes (of the opening round) were played with the knowledge that his expensive little inboard runabout boat was slowly sinking, just a wedge shot from the course, in Lake Worth."

So there you have it – the time Sam Snead won an LPGA event. 

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.