In 1950, Sam Snead won the North-South back-to-back, for the third time…
It was a dull year for Sam Snead in 1950, He missed out on the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship. He still managed to win his third North-South Open at Pinehurst. The North-South Open itself was one of the prestigious professional golf tournaments in the United States in the first half of the twentieth century. The event ran from 1902 to 1951 and was won by many major champions, including three-time winners Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, and Sam Snead. The event was played in March through 1944 but the final seven events were held in early November.
Known usually for his ball striking, Slammin’ Sammy won this event by outclassing the fields on the greens. He eventually rode his putter onto a two stroke cushion after the third round. Sam Snead shot a two under par round of 70 to finish the tournament and capture his third win. In all, Snead finished with a total of 275, 13 under par and pocketed $1,500. He became the first repeat winner of the event since Bobby Cruickshank did it in 1926 & 1927. Maybe the most impressive stat is that aside from winning three times Snead has also finished runner up three times.
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