Ed Sneed

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Ed Sneed
Personal information
Born (1944-08-06) August 6, 1944 (age 74)
Roanoke, Virginia
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Palm Harbor, Florida
College Ohio State University
Turned professional 1967
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 7
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T2: 1979
U.S. Open T8: 1980
The Open Championship T26: 1979
PGA Championship T28: 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 win came in 1973 at the Kaiser International Open Invitational. 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 more than 45 career top-10 finishes in PGA Tour events.

Sneed is best known for his meltdown in The Masters in 1979. He began Sunday's round with a 5-stroke lead. He had a 3-stroke lead with three holes to play but bogied them all. He went into a sudden-death playoff with Tom Watson and Fuzzy Zoeller, but lost to Zoeller on the second hole.[1] This was the first time The Masters used a sudden-death format to decide the Championship.

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[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

Other wins[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


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]


  1. ^ "Golf Major Championships".

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