Ed Sneed

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Ed Sneed
Personal information
Born (1944-08-06) August 6, 1944 (age 74)
Roanoke, Virginia
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Nationality United States
ResidencePalm Harbor, Florida
Career
CollegeOhio State University
Turned professional1967
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins7
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour4
PGA Tour of Australasia1
Other2
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT2: 1979
U.S. OpenT8: 1980
The Open ChampionshipT26: 1979
PGA ChampionshipT28: 1979

Ed Sneed (born August 6, 1944) is an American professional golfer, sportscaster and course design consultant, who played on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.

Sneed was born in Roanoke, Virginia. He attended Ohio State University and was a member of the golf team. He turned pro in 1967. He worked briefly at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio, the same golf course where Jack Nicklaus learned to play golf.

Sneed won four PGA Tour events during his career. His first professional win, however, was in Australia. On October 14, 1973 he won the Australian Tour's New South Wales Open by two strokes over Australian Bob Shearer. One shot back of Shearer on the 17th, Sneed dramatically finished eagle-par to dramatically defeat Shearer by two shots.[1] The next week, in California, he won his first PGA Tour tournament at the Kaiser International Open Invitational on October 21, 1973. He defeated U.S. Open runner-up John Schlee in a playoff.[2] A year later he was a wire-to-wire winner at the Greater Milwaukee Open. Sneed was the only golfer in the history of the tournament to win wire-to-wire until Ben Crane did it in 2005. Sneed was a member of the Ryder Cup team in 1977. He had 46 top-10 finishes in his career on the PGA Tour.[3]

Sneed is best known for his meltdown in the Masters Tournament in 1979. He began Sunday's round with a 5-stroke lead. He had a 3-stroke lead with three holes to play but bogeyed them all. He went into a sudden-death playoff with Tom Watson and Fuzzy Zoeller, but lost to Zoeller on the second hole.[4] This was the first time the Masters used a sudden-death format to decide the Championship.

By virtue of his Masters performance Sneed, like many well-known American players, was invited to play in several international events. He finished runner-up on the European Tour's 1979 Irish Open and won the unofficial 1980 Morocco Grand Prix over Lee Trevino.

Sneed's last win was at the 1982 Michelob-Houston Open. Like his first official win, he dramatically defeated Bob Shearer on the last hole (this time in a playoff).

Sneed made his debut on the Senior PGA Tour (now known as the Champions Tour) in 1994 upon reaching the age of 50. His best finish in this venue is a T-5 at the 1995 Bell Atlantic Classic.

Sneed worked for eight years as a golf broadcaster for ABC television and was with CNBC in 2001. He has also done some course design consulting. He lives in Palm Harbor, Florida. He plans on providing golf instruction with director of golf, Larry Dornisch, at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

Amateur wins[edit]

  • 1965 Ohio Intercollegiate

Professional wins[edit]

PGA Tour wins (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 Oct 21, 1973 Kaiser International Open Invitational −13 (68-66-69-72=275) Playoff United States John Schlee
2 Jul 6, 1974 Greater Milwaukee Open −12 (66-67-71-72=276) 4 strokes United States Grier Jones
3 Apr 17, 1977 Tallahassee Open −12 (68-70-68-70=276) Playoff United States Lon Hinkle
4 May 9, 1982 Michelob-Houston Open −9 (64-70-71-70=275) Playoff Australia Bob Shearer

PGA Tour playoff record (3–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1973 Kaiser International Open Invitational United States John Schlee Won with par on first extra hole
2 1977 Tallahassee Open United States Lon Hinkle Won with birdie on first extra hole
3 1979 Masters Tournament United States Tom Watson, United States Fuzzy Zoeller Zoeller won with birdie on second extra hole
4 1982 Michelob-Houston Open Australia Bob Shearer Won with birdie on first extra hole

Australian Tour wins (1)[edit]

Other wins (2)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988
Masters Tournament 43 CUT T18 T2 T44 CUT CUT
U.S. Open CUT CUT T29 T46 T11 T8 CUT CUT
The Open Championship CUT T26 CUT CUT CUT
PGA Championship T35 CUT T54 T57 T36 T64 T28 T55 T70 T61 T80
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 1 0 1 1 2 7 4
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 2 8 4
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 10
Totals 0 1 0 1 2 4 31 19
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 8 (1978 PGA – 1980 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

Team appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "N.S.W. Open Won by Ed Sneed". Canberra Times. October 15, 1973. p. 14. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  2. ^ "Sneed Wins Kaiser Golf in Playoff". New York Times. UPI. October 22, 1973.
  3. ^ "Ed Sneed – Profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  4. ^ "Golf Major Championships".

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