One of golf
's legendary players, Snead (DOB: 5/27/1912) won a record 81 PGA
Tour tournaments. He won the Greater Greensboro
Open 8 times (including in 1965, at the age of 52), a record for most wins in a single Tour event.
Snead won 7 major tournaments (1949, 1952, and 1954 Masters; 1942, 1949, and 1951 PGA Championships and the 1946 British Open). Snead never won the U.S. Open, finishing second on four occasions.
He was known for his long tee shots, earning him the moniker "Slammin' Sam".
Snead's legacy went beyond the regular PGA Tour, as he was one of the founders of the Senior PGA Tour in 1980.
Internationally, Snead played on 7 Ryder Cup teams, and captained 3 American teams in the event.
Snead was presented with the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998, and is a member of the PGA Hall of Fame. He has been one of the honorary starters at The Masters since 1984.
In 1999, ESPN selected Snead as #99 on their SportsCentury list of the top 100 North American athletes of the 20th century.