52 years, 10 months, 8 days old, Snead wins the 1965 Greensboro Open [Golfer & Record]
■ Golfer & Record – The oldest winner of the PGA,
Sam Snead (USA), who passed away in 2002, lifted the trophy 82 times on the US Professional Golf (PGA) Tour. Until Tiger Woods (USA), the “golf emperor”, won his 82nd personal career victory at the Jojo Championship held in Japan in October 2019, it was the number one championship in the most won category on the PGA Tour. Sneed was born in 1912 and became a golf course caddy at the age of seven, making his first connection with golf. Sneed, who became a professional golfer after 15 years, debuted on the PGA Tour in 1936.
Sneed has been collecting championship trophies since his first year on the PGA Tour. He shot 9 under par 131 in two days at the West Virginia Closed Open, and it was such an overwhelming victory that the gap with Clem Wichman (USA), who was runner-up at the time, was 16 strokes. Afterwards, he continued his winning streak by winning 5 victories in 1937 and 8 victories in 1938. While he won 81 championships in a whopping 26 years until 1961, he played consistently for a long time, with only three non-winning years (1943, 1947, and 1959).스포츠토토
His long-awaited 82nd win came in April 1965 at the Greater Greensboro Open. This is Snead’s eighth win in the event. At the age of 52 years, 10 months and 8 days, Sneed eluded his outstanding juniors. At that time, the gap with the group tied for second place, such as Billy Casper (USA), was 5 strokes behind.
An interesting part of Sneed’s winning record is that Snead, along with Woods, has the most wins on the PGA Tour, but he hasn’t won all four majors. Snead’s record of major championships was seven. However, he won the Masters (1949, 1952, 1954) and the PGA Championship (1942, 1949, 1951) three times each, and the British Open (Open) in 1946, but was runner-up in the US Open only four times. It was everything. In 1947, he missed the championship when he failed to make a short putt of 30 inches in extension.