An all-around athlete, he played center on his Valley High School basketball team, was a pitcher and outfielder on the baseball team and a halfback during football season. He was a self-taught golfer, learning the game by playing with "clubs" he fashioned from tree limbs.
Got his start in the game as a caddie at The Homestead at age 7.
His wife, Audrey, died in 1990.
His nephew, J.C. Snead, is a long-time PGA TOUR and Champions Tour player.
Was named the fourth recipient of the PGA TOUR's Lifetime Achievement Award, given in 1998.
Was the author of two best-selling books, How to Play Golf (1946) and The Education of a Golfer (1962).
Appeared uncredited as himself in the 1951 movie "Follow the Sun" about the life of Ben Hogan and was also in the 1953 motion picture "The Caddy."
PGA TOUR Victories (82)
1936 West Virginia Closed Pro
1937 Oakland Open, Bing Crosby Pro-Am, St. Paul Open, Nassau Open, Miami Open
1938 Bing Crosby Pro-Am, Greater Greensboro Open, Inverness Invitational, Palm Beach Round Robin, Chicago Open, Canadian Open, Westchester 108 Hole Open, White Sulphur Springs Open
1939 St. Petersburg Open, Miami-Biltmore Four-Ball, Miami Open
1940 Inverness Invitational Four-Ball, Canadian Open, Anthracite Open
1941 Bing Crosby Pro-Am, St. Petersburg Open, North & South Open Championship, Canadian Open, Rochester Times Union Open, Henry Hurst Invitational
1942 St. Petersburg Open, PGA Championship
1944 Portland Open, Richmond Open
1945 Los Angeles Open, Gulfport Open, Pensacola Open Invitational, Jacksonville Open, Dallas Open, Tulsa Open
1946 Virginia Open, Jacksonville Open, Greater Greensboro Open, The Open Championship, World Championship of Golf, Miami Open
1948 Texas Open
1949 Greater Greensboro Open, Masters Tournament, PGA Championship, Washington Star Open, Dapper Dan Open, Western Open
1950 Los Angeles Open, Bing Crosby Pro-Am, Texas Open, Miami Beach Open, Greater Greensboro Open, Western Open, Colonial Invitational, Inverness Four-Ball Invitational, Reading Open, North & South Open Championship, Miami Open
1951 PGA Championship, Miami Open
1952 Masters Tournament, Palm Beach Round Robin, Inverness Round Robin Invitational, All American Open, Eastern Open
1953 Baton Rouge Open
1954 Masters Tournament, Palm Beach Round Robin
1955 Greater Greensboro Open, Palm Beach Round Robin, Insurance City Open, Miami Open
1956 Greater Greensboro Open
1957 Palm Beach Round Robin, Dallas Open Invitational
1958 Dallas Open Invitational
1960 De Soto Open Invitational, Greater Greensboro Open
1961 Tournament of Champions
1965 Greater Greensboro Open
International Victories (6)
1940 Ontario Open [Can]
1941 Center Open [Arg]
1948 Havana Invitational [Cuba]
1952 Brazilian Open
1954 Panama Open
1961 World Cup [indiv]
Additional Victories (42)
1937 West Virginia Open
1938 West Virginia Open
1940 Ontario Open
1941 St. Augustine Pro-Am [with Wilford Wehrle]
1942 St. Augustine Pro-Am [with Wilford Wehrle]
1948 West Virginia Open
1949 North and South Open
1949 National Celebrities Open
1949 West Virginia Open
1952 West Virginia Open, Greenbrier Pro-Am
1952 Greenbrier Pro-Am
1952 Julius Boros Open
1952 Seminole Pro-Am, Julius Boros Open
1953 Orlando International Mixed Best-Ball [with Betty MacKinnon]