SI Vault
 
TIGER VS. SAM WHEN 78 > 82
Gary Van Sickle
June 10, 2013
The folks in Ponte Vedra Beach say Slammin' Sammy Snead is the leader in career PGA Tour victories, but upon closer examination ...
Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
June 10, 2013

Tiger Vs. Sam When 78 > 82

The folks in Ponte Vedra Beach say Slammin' Sammy Snead is the leader in career PGA Tour victories, but upon closer examination ...

View CoverRead All Articles
1 2 3

His first start in a major as a pro: a record 12-shot win at the Masters.

Torrey Pines has been home to a record eight wins, including a major.

A second straight win at the British came two months after Earl's death.

A second-round 63 highlighted his triumph at Southern Hills.

Seventeen victories have come in World Golf Championship events.

Win number 74 dropped Jack to third on the PGA Tour career victory list.

SUBTRACT 1 for 18-hole tournaments. The PGA Tour doesn't consider tournaments of fewer than 54 holes official, a decision made before Adam Scott beat Chad Campbell in a playoff at Riviera in 2005 when rain shortened the event to 36 holes. Snead won the first Bing Crosby event in 1937; it was reduced to 18 holes by rain.

SUBTRACT 5 for team victories. Titles won with partners don't count in modern golf. Snead won five of them, including the 1939 Miami-Biltmore Four-Ball and 1940 Inverness Invitational Four-Ball, both with Ralph Guldahl. Counting a pro-am event as a win is the equivalent of recognizing the team portion of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am as a Tour victory.

SUBTRACT 3 for 36-hole tournaments. Snead won the Crosby again in '38. This time it was 36 holes. An even more egregious inclusion is the 1946 World Championship of Golf. The field of four played only 36 holes. That's like counting the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which groups each year's major champions for a 36-hole outing, as an official event. If you recognize Snead's victory, you have to count Tiger's seven Grand Slam of Golf titles.

SUBTRACT 5 for Snead's victories in the Palm Beach Round Robin. In 1938 only 15 players competed, and in the other four years the field was 16.

Continue Story
1 2 3