Sam Snead career achievements and major championship wins

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With one of the smoothest swings in history, Sam Snead, the pride of Ashwood, Va., began caddying at The Homestead in nearby Hot Springs. "Slammin' Sam" went on to win three Masters, three PGA Championships and a British Open, though the U.S. Open crown always eluded him. His 82 career PGA Tour victories is still the all-time record. Snead, who helped pioneer senior-tour golf, finished third in the 1974 PGA Championship at age 62. In his spare time he played a mean trumpet.\n

Sam Snead in the SI Vault
Sam Snead World Golf Hall of Fame Profile

Sports Illustrated Feature Articles on Sam Snead
Sam Snead And The Serpent, By Herbert Warren Wind
Sam And The Open, By Gerald Holland
For Sam The Price Is Always Right, By John Underwood
Swing Master, By John Garrity
Still Slammin', By Austin Murphy

Sam Snead's Major Championships
1949 Masters: Snead wins his first Green Jacket
1952 Masters: Snead wins for a second time
1954 Masters: Snead beats Hogan in a Playoff
1946 British Open: Sam Snead takes first post-war title
1942 PGA Championship: The 'Recruits' square off
1949 PGA Championship: Snead wins for a second time
1951 PGA Championship: A family hex on Sarazen

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