On this day, In 1953 Sam Snead wins the Baton-Rouge Open winning $2,000


Sammy Snead today added the $10,000 Baton Rouge open to his list of victories with a final round of 71 for a 72-hole total of 275.

On this day Sam Snead captured his 68th win of his PGA Tour career, taking the $10,000 Baton-Rouge Open.  Snead had rounds of 69, 68, 67, & finally 71 for a 72-hole total of 275.  Dick Mayer of St. Petersburg, Florida came in second shot in 278.  Freddie Haas Jr. nabbed third with a 280.

Snead earned $2,000 for his efforts but it wasn’t pretty.  Reports show that Snead was off his game, but still won.  “His approach shots lacked their usual accuracy in the final rounds. He overshot the ninth & thirteenth greens.” writes the Associated Press.

It was only the second appearance of the year for Snead, and it was his only win too.  This shouldn’t be shrouded by the fact that although 1953 was an unsuccessful year for the star.  He had won the Masters in 1952 and then again for a final time in 1954.

Josh Morris

Josh Morris is the Editor of Golf History Today. A proud USGA Volunteer and golf enthusiast. In his free time he enjoys being a weekend caddie as well as playing as much as he can.

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