Sport: The Case of the Borrowed Putter

At 37, a ripe age for big-league golf, Samuel Jackson Snead was burning up the courses like a Virginia grass fire. He shot hard and accurate golf to win the Masters Tournament in April, and he was red-hot last week as he stroked his way to the P.G.A. championship at Richmond's Hermitage Country Club. In between times, Sam was warm enough to scoop up seven other prizes, boosting his winnings for the year to $12,610, tops in the trade. Unless something put the fire out he figured to have the biggest of all tournaments, this week's U.S. Open, at...

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