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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 234
W orld Golf Hall of Famer Sam Snead claimed an unheralded 82 wins on the PGA Tour, which makes him – by way of victories – the greatest player of all time. During this week in 1965, Snead, at 52 years and 10 months, surpassed John Barnum as the oldest player to win on tour when he won the Greensboro Open for a record eighth time. “The Slammer” was one of the biggest personalities in golf, but he was also renowned for his on-course ruthlessness – even as a 52-year-old. “I don’t expect to win, but the boys had better watch out,” Snead said prior to the 1965 Greensboro Open. The seven-time major champion went on to fire a four-round total of 273 – defeating Billy Casper and Jack McGowan by five strokes. “I don’t feel very old,” Snead remarked when told he was the oldest man to win a tournament. “In fact, right now I feel pretty young.” Snead, who passed away in 2002 aged 89, remains the oldest player ever to win an event on the PGA Tour, and his 82 victories may never be surpassed. Tiger Woods – with his 79 wins – might be the only player who will ever pose a threat. So, what can we learn from one of golf’s gods...? “Keep close count of your nickels and dimes, stay away from whiskey, and never concede a putt,” Snead advised. E it happened this week in... 1965 • Peter Thomson wins the Hong Kong Open for the second time – he’d win a third in 1967. • Prime Minister Robert Menzies receives a request from the US Government for further military assistance in Vietnam. A year later, Australia had increased its 200 soldiers to more than 4,300. • Bob Cowper scores 143 against the West Indies in the 2nd Test in Trinidad. At that time, it was the highest score by an Australian against the West Indies on foreign soil. • An allied military hovercraft – undergoing tropical evaluation – is used for a round on a nine-hole golf course in Singapore. Also making news this week in 1965 SLAMMIN' SAM'S WIN FOR THE AGES VIDEO: THE LEGENDARY LIFE OF SAM SNEAD WORDS BY MICHAEL JONES
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