The Masters Tournament® has a long-lived legacy as one of golf’s most prestigious tournaments. Starting back in 1934 and progressing on today, Augusta National® has seen many champions walk onto its course.
These Green Jacket Champions are nothing short of legendary and as we count down to The Masters® 2018, we will uncover the story behind them all.
As one of golfs' top players for almost four decades, Sam Snead won a total of seven majors throughout his career and although he never won the U.S. open he achieved runner-up four times. Nicknamed “Slammin’ Sammy” and admired by fans for having the “perfect swing,” Snead was best known for his folksy image and his famed straw hat.
Snead joined the PGA Tour in 1936 and proved himself as a golfer right off the bat by winning the West Virginia Close Pro tournament. He was given what he needed to become a full-time golfer after he won two matches at the Meadow Brook Club in 1936, receiving a prize of $10,000. During The Masters Tournament® in 1942, Snead played the first nine holes barefoot to regain his smooth swing, which paid off in the long run.
Snead was awarded the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average four times, in 1938, 1949, 1950 and 1955. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974 and received the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.
The Masters® 1949
This would be the first of three Masters victories for Sam Snead and the third win of the seven major championships he won in his career. He closed out two rounds with a score of 67 and only two other golfers, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, shot lower scores over the 36 holes that were played. Snead came out on top winning by three shots and was awarded the Green Jacket at Augusta National® that year.
The Masters® 1952
The final two days brought strong winds and cooler temperatures, creating challenges on the Augusta National Golf Course® for the players. Sam Snead kept a tight grip on the lead as he won his second of three Masters titles four strokes ahead of runner-up John Burke Jr. The purse in 1952 was double what is was for past years at $20,000 and a winners share of $4,000.
The Masters® 1954
Sam Snead defeated defending champion, Ben Hogan during The Masters Tournament® in 1954 by just one stroke. It came down to the wire during an 18-hole Monday playoff for Snead to secure his third Masters tournament win. This would be his seventh and final major win.
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