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May 27, 1912
Samuel Jackson "Sam" Snead was an American golfer who
was one of the top players in the world for most of 4 decades. He and
two others of the greatest golfers of all time, Ben Hogan and Byron
Nelson, were born within six months of each other in 1912. He won a
record 82 PGA Tour events and about 70 others worldwide.
He won seven majors: three Masters, three PGA Championships and one
British Open. Despite his great achievements, his reputation has always
been slightly tainted by his failure to win a U.S. Open. Snead shares
the record for most second-place finishes in that championship with four
others; Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Phil Mickelson.
His nickname was "Slammin' Sammy." He has also been admired
by many for having the so-called "perfect swing," and
generated many imitators.
Death: May 23, 2002 (age 89)
He died in Hot Springs following complications from a stroke four
days short of his 90th birthday.
Where are they buried?
- Saint Mary's Whitechapel Episcopal Churchyard, Lancaster, Virginia
- Snead Family Cemetery, Hot Springs, Virginia
- Cremated, ashes given to family or friend