Sam Snead


Sam Snead


Passing through Rome in 1961, Snead stopped for an audience with Pope John XXIII. The golfer had not been playing well for some time, and he confessed to one of the papal officials: “I brought along my putter, on the chance that the pope might bless it.” The monsignor nodded sympathetically. “I know, Mr. Snead,” he said. “My putting is absolutely hopeless, too.” Snead looked at him in amazement. “If you live here and can’t putt,” he exclaimed, “what chance is there for me?”

Biographical Note: 

Sam Snead was a U.S. golfer. He won three Masters tournaments and three Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) championships, and was still playing competitively when in his sixties.