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One of the greatest golfers of all time has passed away ESPN SportsCenter at 6 EST reported. He will be missed.

Thursday, May 23, 2002
"Slammin' Sam" won 81 PGA Tour events
Associated Press

Sam Snead, the golfing great known as ``Slammin' Sam'' who used the sweetest swing in the game to win seven major championships and a record 81 PGA Tour events, died Thursday at age 89.

Snead died at 3:38 p.m. at his home in Hot Springs, Va., said Lynn Swann, a spokeswoman for the nearby Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Snead was pro emeritus at the resort and started working there as its head pro in 1936.

Snead was raised during the Depression in the backwoods of western Virginia and blessed with as much raw talent as anyone who played golf. He grew up playing in bare feet with clubs made from tree limbs, but his swing was a combination of grace and power.

The late Gene Sarazen once said of a young Snead, ``I've just watched a kid who doesn't know anything about playing golf, and I don't want to be around when he learns how.''

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