We’ll soon see if Tiger is as good as ‘Slammin Sammy’

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We’ll soon see if Tiger is as good as ‘Slammin Sammy’

Woods and Snead are tied with 82 PGA Tour wins, but Tiger could overtake the old guy this week

Andrew Both

As Tiger Woods makes his first attempt this week at surpassing Sam Snead for the most all-time PGA Tour victories, the man largely responsible for pegging Snead’s number at 82 has weighed in with his thoughts on how the two greats compare.

Many victories by “Slammin Sammy” – achieved from 1936 to 1965 – came before the tour existed in its current form, back in an era when there were was a looser affiliation of events, rather than today’s highly structured circuit.

Indeed, in 1987, then-PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman set up a panel of golf historians to sift through Snead’s victories with a fine tooth comb, deciding which to include in the official tally and which to discard...

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