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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Back nine birdies help Snead wins first Masters
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

April 10, 1949

Sam Snead has the Masters lead with nine holes left, but falls back into a tie after bogeying 10 and 11. The latter bogey is especially disturbing since Snead misses an 18-inch putt when he hears the barking of dogs.

The volatile Snead, though, keeps his temper in check and responds with birdies on the next three holes. Another birdie on 18 gives him his second consecutive 67 and Snead wins his first of three Masters with a six-under-par 282. He's three strokes in front of runners-up Johnny Bulls and Lloyd Mangrum.

While Slammin' Sammy is perhaps the finest driver in the game, his putting would sometimes give him trouble. But not this weekend. With a new putter, the 36-year-old golfer tames the greens of Augusta.

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