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On this day in 1949, Sam Snead won his first Masters. He finished second behind Ralph Guldahl in 1939, but with weekend rounds of 67-67, he finally got a victory at Augusta. Snead beat Johnny Bulla and Lloyd Mangrum by 3 shots to take the $2,500 prize. The '49 tournament was actually the first year in which the green jacket was awarded.
Born in Pedrena Spain on this day in 1957, the incomparable Seve Ballesteros. Winner of 50 European Tour events, 5 majors and in total 90 professional wins. There is so much to say about Seve that this blog could go on forever, so let's just let the links and this fantastic video give us a snapshot of his greatness and a glimpse at why he will remain one of the legends of the game both on the course and in the hearts of fans. A great champion and one of the most exciting and loved players in the history of the game.
On this day in 1935, one of the most famous shots in golf history took place. Gene Sarazen fired The Shot Heard 'Round The World", a double eagle 2 on 15. He holed his second from 235 yards with a 4 wood. Sarazen caught up with Craig Wood, who looked the certain winner. Sarazen beat Wood the following day in a playoff.
April is Masters Month so many champions have been crowned on various days and so for April sixth it seems like a good time to run down the names of some of the champions who captured a Masters title on this day.
Horton Smith - 1936 Score- 285
Craig Wood - 1941 Score- 280
Jimmy Demaret - 1947 Score - 281
On April 5th, 1959, Art Wall Jr. won the Masters. Wall shot a final round 66 to win the tournament by 1 shot over Cary Middlecoff. Wall birdied 5 of the last 6 holes to take the title. He won $15,000 for his 1st place finish.
During his career, Wall won 14 times on the PGA Tour, including the Masters win. That year, 1959, he was the leading money winner, Vardon Trophy winner, and player of the year.