Sam Snead: The Man Known as Slammin Sammy
Sam Snead: The Man Known as Slammin Sammy: Sam Snead was an American professional golfer for four decades, who was one of the top players in the world who won a record of 82 PGA Tour events. Snead was best known as Slammin’ Sammy and became famous because of his folksy image and while playing golf with his bare foot. He was admired by many people because of his perfect swing that even led them to imitate his way of playing the game. Snead was also known for being an exceptional player during his time. He was very accurate and good in his style. Because of his creativity, Snead was the first to do the croquet-style putting during his time in the 1960s. This technique is done where a player would straddle the ball with one leg on each side. But this technique was banned by the United States Golf Association in 1968, and as a result, golfers had then always faced the ball when striking. Teams Played For: Sam Snead played on a total of seven Ryder Cup teams and he was the captain in 3 of those teams. He also played on the Canada Cup.
Average Career Stats: Snead turned professional in 1934, and retired in 1987. He had a total of 165 professional wins and won a record 82 matches on the PGA Tour, which includes seven major championship events. He won 1 LPGA Tour, 69 regular wins and 14 senior wins. Best Year Stat Wise/Major Championships Wins: Snead won the Masters Tournament in 1949, 1952 and 1954. He also won 2nd/T2 in the U.S. Open in 1937, 1947, 1949 and 1953. He had then won The Open Championship in 1946 and the PGA Championship in 1942, 1949 and 1951.
Awards Received: Sam Snead received the World Golf Hall of Fame award in 1974 and the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998. Apart from that, Snead was also the leading money winner in the years 1938, 1949 and 1950. And in 1949, he also received the PGA Player of the Year. Snead had also won the Vardon Trophy, given to the player with the lowest scoring average, four times in the years 1938, 1949, 1950 and 1955. He also came out on top of the Royal Poinciana Plaza Invitational in 1962, which made him the only man to ever win an official LPGA Tour event. Sam Snead also holds the record for most PGA Tour wins (17), after reaching the age of 40.