|Born||August 6, 1944|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Residence||Palm Harbor, Florida|
|College||Ohio State University|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour of Australasia||1|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T2: 1979|
|U.S. Open||T8: 1980|
|The Open Championship||T26: 1979|
|PGA Championship||T28: 1979|
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. 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. 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.
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. 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 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.
- 1965 Ohio Intercollegiate
PGA Tour wins (4)
|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||John Schlee|
|2||Jul 6, 1974||Greater Milwaukee Open||−12 (66-67-71-72=276)||4 strokes||Grier Jones|
|3||Apr 17, 1977||Tallahassee Open||−12 (68-70-68-70=276)||Playoff||Lon Hinkle|
|4||May 9, 1982||Michelob-Houston Open||−9 (64-70-71-70=275)||Playoff||Bob Shearer|
PGA Tour playoff record (3–1)
|1||1973||Kaiser International Open Invitational||John Schlee||Won with par on first extra hole|
|2||1977||Tallahassee Open||Lon Hinkle||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|3||1979||Masters Tournament||Tom Watson, Fuzzy Zoeller||Zoeller won with birdie on second extra hole|
|4||1982||Michelob-Houston Open||Bob Shearer||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
Australian Tour wins (1)
- 1973 New South Wales Open
Other wins (2)
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||CUT||T26||CUT||CUT||CUT|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||1|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 8 (1978 PGA – 1980 PGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)