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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 ...
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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 ...

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ADD 1 for the 1949 North & South. The North & South was considered unofficial from 1947 through '49 because the purse was less than $5,000. But the '49 event, at Pinehurst, had a field of 100-plus, including most of the top players.

ADD 1 for the 1952 Julius Boros Open. The money was unofficial, but 25 pros competed over 54 holes.

ADD 1 for the 1953 Greenbrier Pro-Am. Snead topped a field of 42 players.

ADD 1 for the 1958 Greenbrier. The Tour probably didn't count this one because it was played at the same time as the Memphis Invitational, which it did rule official. But Greenbrier had a field of 57, including most of the day's top players, such as Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Doug Sanders and Dutch Harrison.

ADD 1 for the 1959 Sam Snead Festival. It was the same old Greenbrier event with a new name and another stellar field. Snead beat 54 others, but it was played opposite the official Arlington Hotel Open, won by Gene Littler.

ADD 1 for the 1961 Sam Snead Festival. Doug Sanders won the Hot Springs Invitational, which was opposite this event. Snead won his own Festival again in a decent field of 30.

NOTE Snead's victories at the 1936 West Virginia Closed Pro and the 1946 Virginia Open in Long Beach, Calif., come into question, but the number of holes played and the size of the fields are unclear. Also, though he tied with three others, Snead is credited with a victory at the 1950 Crosby. A playoff was canceled because of darkness, and all four were credited with the win.

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