Sam Snead (1912–2002,) fully Samuel Jackson Snead, nicknamed “Slammin’ Sam,” was an American professional golfer. One of the top golf players in the world, he was widely regarded as one of the game’s greatest players of all time.
Born in Ashwood, Virginia, Snead was credited with 135 worldwide wins, including three U.S. Masters (1949, 1952, 1954,) three PGA Championships (1942, 1949, 1951,) and one Open Championship (1946.) He also won U.S. tour events in six different decades. Snead never won the U.S. Open—over 40 years, he finished second four times, third once, and fifth twice.
Snead’s coauthored books include Slammin’ Sam (1986) and Lessons I’ve Learned: Better Golf the Sam Snead Way (1989.)