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Snead in Hospital; May Be a Stroke

April 8, 1998

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) _ Sam Snead, who has attended every Masters since 1937, remained in the hospital today with strokelike symptoms but was expected to participate in Thursday’s ceremonial tournament opening.

``He’s raising Cain to get out of the hospital and he’ll be here in the morning for the tee off,″ Augusta National Golf Club chairman Jack Stephens said today.

The 85-year-old golf great was listed in fair condition at University Hospital.

A nurse said he was having more tests and in a ``great mood.″ Nursing supervisor Bobbie Clark told The Augusta Chronicle Snead experienced a mini stroke. Stephens declined to comment on Snead’s condition.

Since ending his competitive career at the Masters 15 years ago, Snead has joined Byron Nelson and Gene Sarazen annually in the opening group for the ceremonial first ball.

Snead played in 44 consecutive Masters from 1937-83 and has been been part of the honorary ceremony since 1984. He has attended 58 consecutive Masters, all but three of the tournaments that began in 1934.

The three-time Masters winner missed Tuesday’s champion’s dinner and was admitted to the hospital about 8 p.m.

``We missed him at the champions’ dinner,″ Stephens said. ``But it gave other people a chance to tell stories.″

Snead’s yarns have been a staple of the annual gathering of past Masters winners.

He had been scheduled to play the par-3 tournament today with fellow Masters elder statesmen Bob Goalby and Doug Ford.

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