Edgar Sneed Jr. (born August 6, 1944) is an American professional golfer, sportscaster and course design consultant, who played on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.

Ed Sneed
Personal information
Full nameEdgar Sneed Jr.
Born (1944-08-06) August 6, 1944 (age 78)
Roanoke, Virginia
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Sporting nationality United States
ResidencePalm Harbor, Florida
CollegeOhio State University
Turned professional1967
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins8
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour4
PGA Tour of Australasia1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT2: 1979
PGA ChampionshipT28: 1979
U.S. OpenT8: 1980
The Open ChampionshipT26: 1979

Sneed was born in Roanoke, Virginia. He graduated from Ohio State University and was a member of the golf team.[1] 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 professional win, however, was in Australia. On October 14, 1973 he won the Australian Tour's New South Wales Open by two strokes over Australian Bob Shearer. One shot back of Shearer on the 17th, Sneed finished eagle-par to defeat Shearer by two shots.[2] The very next week, on October 21, 1973, he won his first PGA Tour tournament at the Kaiser International Open Invitational. He defeated U.S. Open runner-up John Schlee in a playoff.[3] A year later he was a wire-to-wire winner at the Greater Milwaukee Open. Sneed was a member of the Ryder Cup team in 1977. He had 46 top-10 finishes in his career on the PGA Tour.[4]

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

He finished runner-up on the European Tour's 1979 Irish Open and won the unofficial 1980 Morocco Grand Prix over Lee Trevino. Sneed's last win was at the 1982 Michelob-Houston Open. Like his first official win, defeated Bob Shearer down the wire (this time in a playoff).

Sneed made his debut on the Senior PGA 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 winsEdit

  • 1965 Ohio Intercollegiate

Professional wins (8)Edit

PGA Tour wins (4)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Oct 21, 1973 Kaiser International Open Invitational −13 (68-66-69-72=275) Playoff   John Schlee
2 Jul 6, 1974 Greater Milwaukee Open −12 (66-67-71-72=276) 4 strokes   Grier Jones
3 Apr 17, 1977 Tallahassee Open −12 (68-70-68-70=276) Playoff   Lon Hinkle
4 May 9, 1982 Michelob-Houston Open −9 (64-70-71-70=275) Playoff   Bob Shearer

PGA Tour playoff record (3–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1973 Kaiser International Open Invitational   John Schlee Won with par on first extra hole
2 1977 Tallahassee Open   Lon Hinkle Won with birdie on first extra hole
3 1979 Masters Tournament   Tom Watson,   Fuzzy Zoeller Zoeller won with birdie on second extra hole
4 1982 Michelob-Houston Open   Bob Shearer Won with birdie on first extra hole

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Oct 14, 1973 New South Wales Open −5 (70-71-70-72=283) 2 strokes   Bob Shearer

Other wins (3)Edit

Results in major championshipsEdit

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)

See alsoEdit

Team appearancesEdit


  1. ^ Boswell, Thomas (April 15, 1979). "Sneed Takes 5-Stroke Lead in Masters". Washington Post.
  2. ^ "N.S.W. Open Won by Ed Sneed". Canberra Times. October 15, 1973. p. 14. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  3. ^ "Sneed Wins Kaiser Golf in Playoff". New York Times. UPI. October 22, 1973.
  4. ^ "Ed Sneed – Profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  5. ^ "Golf Major Championships".

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