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April 11, 1987
In a ceremonial start, Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead were the first to tee off in the Masters. Sarazen, at 85, is the oldest former winner, and his double eagle in 1935 is still the most famous shot in the tournament's history. Nelson was celebrating the 50th anniversary of his Masters victory. Why was Snead included in the threesome? "Because," someone observed, "he's Sam Snead."
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March 26, 2013 | By Brian Schmitz
ORLANDO, Fla. — No matter what day it is, it's always Sunday to Tiger Woods when he's sniffing a title. Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Monday after storms had delayed the final round — but not Woods' climb back to the golfing mountaintop. "I think he plays every shot like he plays them on Sunday," said Justin Rose, the runner-up. Woods shot a two-under-par 70 for a 13-under 275 total to repeat his title, beating Rose by two shots and four third-place finishers by five.
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July 23, 2000 | DON MARKUS, BALTIMORE SUN
His eyesight is failing, the result of a degenerative condition that prevents him from seeing any shot farther than 50 yards. His legs are wobbly, the result of taking medication more than a year ago that caused them to swell to more than twice their normal size. Sam Snead turned 88 on May 27, yet remains one of golf's most irascible and irreplaceable figures. He still has nearly the same ability to swing, and zing.
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January 28, 2013
Tiger's Torrey Tiger Woods has played Torrey Pines 14 times as a professional and is a combined 174 under par in those events, with earnings totaling $8,195,096. He has won eight of those tournaments. His victory Monday was his 75th as a pro (seven behind Sam Snead's record). A look at his finishes at Torrey Pines, with his relationship to par: 2013; First; -14 2012; DNP 2011; T44; -1 2010; DNP; 2009; DNP; 2008; First; -19 2008; First*; -1 2007; First; -15 2006; First; -10 2005; First; -16 2004; T10; -8 2003; First; -16 2002; T5; -10 2001; Fourth; -17 2000: T2; -14 1999; First; -22 1998; T3; -11 *U.S.
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June 29, 1997 | DAVID DROSCHAK, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Even at 85, Sam Snead has one of the smoothest golf swings around and the eyes to go with it. He bolted from his chair on several occasions last week prior to a dinner honoring past champions of the PGA Club Professional Championship in Pinehurst, N.C., explaining swing planes, stances, grips, why Tiger Woods has struggled some recently and why Tom Lehman pulled his approach shot on No. 17 into the water, costing him the U.S. Open title two weeks ago.
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May 25, 2002
"He brought so much to the game with his great swing and the most fluid motion ever to grace a golf course." Jack Nicklaus, on Sam Snead.
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June 15, 2000
AGE OLDEST CHAMPIONS (YEARS-MONTHS-DAYS) * 45-0-15: Hale Irwin: 1990 * 43-9-11: Raymond Floyd: 1986 * 43-4-16: Ted Ray: 1920 OLDEST TO MAKE CUT * 63: Sam Snead: 1969 * 61: Sam Snead: 1973 * 58: Jack Nicklaus: 1998 YOUNGEST CHAMPION (YEARS-MONTHS-DAYS) * 19-10-14: John J. McDermott: 1911 MOST CHAMPIONSHIPS * 4: Willie Anderson: 1901, 1903, 1904, 1905 * 4: Robert T. Jones Jr.
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February 6, 1995 | Associated Press
J.C. Snead tapped in a 2 1/2-foot par putt on the first hole of a playoff Sunday to defeat Ray Floyd and win the Royal Caribbean Classic. Snead, the 54-year-old nephew of golf legend Sam Snead, shot a six-under-par 65 for a 209 total to win $127,500, the richest payday of his career. Gallery favorite Robert Landers, the struggling cattle farmer from Azel, Texas, finished his senior tour debut with a 74 for a three-day total of 228.
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April 8, 1998 | Associated Press
Three-time Masters champion Sam Snead was hospitalized Tuesday, missing the Masters champions dinner, after he reportedly suffered a mini-stroke, the Augusta Chronicle reported. Snead, 85, was listed in fair condition late Tuesday at Augusta's University Hospital, nursing supervisor Bobbie Clark said. He was being held in a 24-hour observation room at the hospital. Snead, who played his first Masters in 1937, won the tournament in 1949, 1952 and 1954.
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May 20, 2012 | By Mike James
Riviera Country Club, a favorite of many touring professionals including two-time winner Fred Couples, has been awarded the 2017 U.S. Amateur golf championship, the United States Golf Assn. announced. Riviera has been the host site of four major championships, in addition to the various incarnations of the Los Angeles Open, and has an exceptional list of champions. Ben Hogan won the first of his four U.S. Open titles at Riviera in 1948 and won what was then called the L.A. Open in 1942, '47 and '48. Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ken Venturi, Tom Watson, Johnny Miller, Nick Faldo, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson are some of the players who have won the PGA Tour's L.A. event, now called the Northern Trust Open, at Riviera.
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February 3, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
The floundering golf tournament that was once heaven for Hogan and sacrosanct for Snead wants to be a major player again. To get there, the Northern Trust Open has left it to the Logo. It has been a busy week for Jerry West, and it has only just begun. Monday night, Kobe Bryant put West front and center in the news by topping his Lakers all-time scoring record. It was one supernatural athlete surpassing another. The rest of this week, West will be working his miracles in another sport, along the fairways and in the hospitality tents at legendary Riviera Country Club.
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January 11, 2006
Golfer Ben Hogan, nicknamed "Bantam Ben" because of his small size (145 pounds) and called the "Hawk" by fellow players because of the way he studied a course, matched Sam Snead shot-for-shot on the last day of the Los Angeles Open. Hogan was making his miraculous comeback from a near-fatal automobile accident and was leading when he finished his final round at the Riviera Country Club, a course that became known as Hogan's Alley. Snead beat Hogan in a week-delayed 18-hole playoff, 72 to 76.
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June 6, 2005 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Here's a contest a lot of golfers could qualify for: World's Worst Swing. The Golf Channel began asking for tape submissions in January, and today at 4:30 p.m. the winner will be announced on the air. A finalist is Brian Weir, 36, of Valencia, a major in the Air Force. So how bad is Weir's swing? He said he has had a lesson only twice during the 14 years he has been playing golf, and the first time his instructor saw his swing, he said, "Don't do that again.
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May 25, 2002
"He brought so much to the game with his great swing and the most fluid motion ever to grace a golf course." Jack Nicklaus, on Sam Snead.
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May 24, 2002 | SHAV GLICK
Sam Snead died Thursday, but that silken swing that may be the sweetest in the history of golf will live forever in the memories of anyone who saw Slammin' Sammy in action. The man with the straw hat, the jaunty stride down the fairway and a swing for the ages won more tournaments than anyone, 81 official on the PGA Tour, and an estimated 160 overall. His swing was so unhampered by age, 17 of his Tour wins came after he was 40.
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April 14, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A Waynesboro, Ga., man paralyzed in an automobile accident involving golfer Sam Snead has filed a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages from the three-time Masters champion. Snead, 79, was driving to the 1992 Masters golf tournament, where he was to serve as an honorary starter, when he ran a stop sign and struck Roy Jeffers' car, according to police. "I knew it was coming," Snead told the Augusta Chronicle. "I hope he gets all right.
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January 11, 2006
Golfer Ben Hogan, nicknamed "Bantam Ben" because of his small size (145 pounds) and called the "Hawk" by fellow players because of the way he studied a course, matched Sam Snead shot-for-shot on the last day of the Los Angeles Open. Hogan was making his miraculous comeback from a near-fatal automobile accident and was leading when he finished his final round at the Riviera Country Club, a course that became known as Hogan's Alley. Snead beat Hogan in a week-delayed 18-hole playoff, 72 to 76.
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July 23, 2000 | DON MARKUS, BALTIMORE SUN
His eyesight is failing, the result of a degenerative condition that prevents him from seeing any shot farther than 50 yards. His legs are wobbly, the result of taking medication more than a year ago that caused them to swell to more than twice their normal size. Sam Snead turned 88 on May 27, yet remains one of golf's most irascible and irreplaceable figures. He still has nearly the same ability to swing, and zing.
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June 20, 2000 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Is Tiger Woods already the greatest ever? Can we at least wait until he cashes his U.S. Open check before we decide? Meantime, Woods clearly has a chance to turn out as the greatest of all time, say Byron Nelson and Sam Snead--already two of the greatest of all time. Nelson and Snead believe Woods has what it takes to become the best player in the history of golf. But as good as Woods is, they think it is wise to slow down on the coronation planning.
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