Sam Snead wins the 18th Masters Tournament

One of the better-known Sam Snead quotes is this: "The three things I fear most in golf are lightning, Ben Hogan and a downhill putt." At the 1954 Masters, Sam Snead had to face one of those fears - Hogan - in an 18-hole playoff.

And overcome that fear Snead did. Snead beat Hogan by one stroke in the playoff, shooting 70 to Hogan's 71. The victory was Snead's third at The Masters, which tied Jimmy Demaret's then-tournament record for most wins.
And it was Hogan's third runner-up finish in the tournament. Snead's 72-hole total of 289 is tied for the highest winning total ever in The Masters.

Sam Snead defeated Ben Hogan 70-71 in an 18-hole playoff to win his third Green Jacket. Snead's score of 289 remains tied for the highest winning score in Masters history. Amateur Billy Joe Patton led after the second round and during the fourth, but a seven at No. 13 halted his title hopes. He finished one stroke out of the playoff.