Sam Snead passes away at the age of 89
By: Mark Baron – On May 23, 2002, Sam Snead died at the age of 89. He was the second born of the great golfing triumvirate, which consisted of Snead, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson and the second to die. Ben passed away in 1997 and Byron died in 2006. All three were all born in 1912.
He holds the record for winning the most professional golf tournaments in a career, 82. In addition to the 82 “Official” PGA wins, he also won an estimated 69 “Unofficial” tournaments, 14 Champion Tour Tournaments and one (1) LPGA Tournament. Included in his victories were three Master Tournaments, three PGA Championships and one Open Championship. He never won the US Open, the only blemish on his record (he did finish second on four occasions).
He was the Tour’s Leading Money Winner in 1938, 1949 and 1950, the PGA Player of the Year in 1949 and the winner of the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average in 1938, 1949, 1950 and 1955.
He was elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974 and was presented with the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement award in 1998.
The May 31, 2002 edition of GolfWorld Magazine paid tribute to Sam Snead who passed away in earlier year at the age of 89.
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