February 7, 1997 |
The darkness at the bottom of the cup summoned Sam Snead. As he bent to remove his ball from the 18th hole, the dazed golfer stared into the blackness for what felt like forever. He wanted the hole to swallow him up. It was June 10, 1939, at the Spring Mill Course of Philadelphia Country Club, and Snead had just lost - given away, really - the 43d U.S. Open on the 72d hole. Moments earlier, as he'd stood on the 18th's elevated tee, he seemed a likely winner. A par 5 on the sedate, 558-yard hole would give him his first Open.
April 10, 1998 |
The grand masters of the Masters - Gene Sarazen, 96; Byron Nelson, 86; and Sam Snead, 85 - opened the tournament in the traditional way yesterday, each hitting a ceremonial tee shot before the first twosome went off. Sarazen and Nelson split the fairway, even if they weren't long off the tee. When Snead, who had been hospitalized overnight Tuesday with what was eventually diagnosed as fatigue, stepped to the tee, he fairly danced. "Sam kicked some windows out of the hospital, and he can still kick the ceiling," Jack Stephens, the Augusta National chairman, said while introducing the Slammer.
April 9, 1998 |
Apparently, it was a false alarm on Sam Snead. Either that, or the Slammer concocted a plan to avoid the Tiger Woods's cheeseburger menu at the Masters Tournament champions dinner. Snead missed the dinner Tuesday night for the first time since his first Masters win in 1949 when he entered University Hospital with what originally was thought to be a mild stroke. His symptoms were later diagnosed as "overtiredness. " The three-time Masters champion is expected to tee off this morning with Byron Nelson and Gene Sarazen in the ceremonial opening group.
January 29, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Tiger Woods won Monday at Torrey Pines after losing his focus during a slow finish by the group ahead of him in the fog-delayed Farmers Insurance Open. Despite dropping 4 shots over the last five holes, Woods managed an even-par 72 for a 274 total and a 4-shot victory over defending champion Brandt Snedeker and Josh Teater. He won the tournament for the seventh time, one behind the record held by Sam Snead, who won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times. It was the eighth time Woods won at Torrey Pines, which includes his playoff victory in the 2008 U.S Open.
May 27, 2012 |
FORT WORTH, Texas - Jason Dufner matched playing partner Zach Johnson's birdie putt on the 17th hole Saturday, then overcame a wayward final tee shot to save par and keep the lead at the Crowne Plaza Invitational. Dufner shot a 4-under 66 in the third round for a 15-under 195 total. That put him a stroke ahead of Johnson, who shot 65. Tom Gillis was a distant third at 7 under after a 69 at the Colonial Country Club. Dufner, the winner last week in the Byron Nelson Championship about 30 miles away, could become the first player to win both tour events in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the same year since Ben Hogan in 1946.
May 24, 2002 |
Sam Snead, the winner of a record 81 tournaments on the PGA Tour and owner of what many called the sweetest swing in golf, died yesterday at his home in Hot Springs, Va., four days short of his 90th birthday. Mr. Snead had been in failing health. He had suffered a slight stroke before making his annual appearance last month as the honorary starter of the Masters, and suffered a series of strokes afterward. He died at 3:38 p.m., holding the hands of his son and daughter-in-law at his bedside.
April 10, 1997 |
Saying that "my golf game doesn't seem to go together anymore," Jack Nicklaus, 57, all but ruled out a seventh Masters championship for himself. "I'm never going to win another one, probably," Nicklaus said yesterday. His six green jackets are a record. "What's the likelihood?" he asked. "Probably not good. " "I don't know where I finished, but 30 seniors beat me last week," Nicklaus said, referring to the Tradition. "So how do you come in here and say you're going to whip the rest of the field?
April 12, 2002 |
After what happened yesterday, it will interesting to see if Sam Snead returns next year at the age of 90 to hit the ceremonial first tee shot at the Masters. After Augusta National chairman Hootie Johnson introduced him to the several hundred fans who had turned out for the much-loved tradition at the Masters early yesterday morning as the man "purported to have the sweetest swing in golf," Snead uncorked an errant tee shot. The ball sailed to the right and conked an unsuspecting fan on the noggin, breaking his glasses, and laying him out flat for several minutes with a cut on the bridge of his nose.
July 18, 2000 |
Without fanfare, a solitary figure in a straw hat walked to the first tee on the Old Course yesterday afternoon and used his familiar sweet swing to rocket the ball more than 200 yards down the fairway. Then he rode after it in a cart. A cart? Yes. But this was Sam Snead, 88, returning to the place where he won his only British Open title 60 years ago. "It is a course where, every time you play it, you respect it more," said Snead, back for the Past Champions Challenge, a four-hole exhibition featuring 22 former British Open winners that will take place tomorrow, the day before the start of the championship.
April 7, 2012 |
American Triumvirate Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf By James Dodson Alfred A. Knopf. 368 pp. $28.95 James Dodson set himself an ambitious agenda, like one of those grueling 36-hole Saturday finals in the olden days of pro golf, in creating American Triumvirate . It is basically a birth-to-death biography of three of the greatest golfers of all time, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, and Sam...