Sport: Same Old Sam

On the big-time golf circuit, there is no substitute for precision. And precision—even for such natural swingers as Samuel Jackson Snead—is born of practice and competition. Last week, teeing off on a rain-soaked course in the Portland (Ore.) Open, the drawling Virginian passed his first test since his medical (bad back) discharge from the Navy. Somehow or other, 26 months in the Navy had not hurt his game. "Slammin' Sammy's" drives, out of sight in prewar days, were longer than ever; he twice made the green in two on the 552-yard 18th hole. His sizzling two-under-par 70 led the field past...

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