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'IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO WIN'
Myra Gelband
April 14, 1980
So thought Ed Sneed. He led the '79 Masters by three strokes with three holes left. Then the nightmare began
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April 14, 1980

'impossible Not To Win'

So thought Ed Sneed. He led the '79 Masters by three strokes with three holes left. Then the nightmare began

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"Yet I realized quickly that how I accepted that defeat was very important. Many times that sort of thing has happened to players and they never recovered. I knew that I couldn't let that happen. Finishing second is an accomplishment, too.

"After the interviews and the presentation ceremony, Nancy and I went home and as we pulled in the driveway, Elisa and Erica came running out of the house. They had watched the tournament on TV with their grandmother. 'Daddy, Daddy,' Elisa shouted as she hugged my legs. 'Congratulations. You won.' I turned to my wife and said, 'I guess I am the winner.'

"Later that Sunday night I went back to the course to retrieve a bag cover. It was quiet and I went out to the 18th green and stood for a few minutes near the cup. As I walked back to the clubhouse, I saw lights on in the dining room, and, only for a moment, I felt a little bit lonely."

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