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Entry from March 15, 2013
“When your husband comes home with cockleburrs in his pants, don’t ask his score” (golf saying)

American professional golfer Sam Snead (1912-2002) gave this advice to golf widows in September 1974:

“When your husband comes home with cockleburrs in the cuffs of his pants, don’t ask him what his score was.”

Snead’s remark has been included in many collections of golf quotations. “Cockleburr” is usually spelled “cocklebur.” A differently worded version is, “If a man comes home with sand in his cuffs and cockleburs in his pants, don’t ask him what he shot.”


Wikipedia: Sam Snead
Samuel Jackson Snead (May 27, 1912 – May 23, 2002) was an American professional golfer who was one of the top players in the world for most of four decades. Snead won a record 82 PGA Tour events, including seven majors. He never won the U.S. Open, though he was runner-up four times.

Snead’s nickname was “Slammin’ Sammy” and he was admired by many for having the so-called “perfect swing,” which generated many imitators. Snead was famed for his folksy image, wearing a straw hat, playing tournaments barefoot, and making such statements as “Keep close count of your nickels and dimes, stay away from whiskey, and never concede a putt.” He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974, and received the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.

Google News Archive
17 September 1974, Lewiston (ME) Evening Journal, “The Pro Gold Trail Is Indeed A Busy One” by Bob Green (AP Golf Writer), pg. 18, col. 5:
Sam Snead’s advice to golf widows:

“When your husband comes home with cockleburrs in the cuffs of his pants, don’t ask him what his score was.”

29 September 1974, New York (NY) Times, “What They Are Saying”:
Sam Snead’s advice to golf widows: “When your husband comes home with cockleburrs in the cuffs of his pants, don’t don’t ask what his score was.”

Google Books
The Reader’s Digest
Volume 131, Issues 783-787
November 1987
Pg. 105:
Sam Snead’s advice to golf widows: “When your husband comes home with cockleburs in the cuffs of his pants, don’t ask him what his score was. — Quoted in The Christian Science Monitor.

Google Books
Golf, It’s Just a Game!:
The Best Quotes & Cartoons About Golf

By Bruce Lansky
Minnetonka, MN: Meadowbrook Press
1996
Pg. ?:
There’s an old saying: If a man comes home with sand in his cuffs and cockleburs in his pants, don’t ask him what he shot. —Sam Snead

Google Books
The Quotable Golfer:
The Greatest Things Ever Said about the Greatest @*!!#! Game Ever Played

By Robert Windeler
Philadelphia, PA: Running Press
1998
Pg. 92:
When your husband comes home with cockleburs in the cuffs of his pants, don’t ask him what his score was. — Sam Snead

Google Books
The Gigantic Book of Golf Quotations
Edited by Jim Apfelbaum
New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing
2007
Pg. 275:
There is an old saying: If a man comes home with sand in his cuffs and cockleburs in his pants, don’t ask him what he shot. — SAM SNEAD

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JEFFRY Salera
‏@JEFFRYSalera
“If a man comes home with sand in his cuffs and cockleburs in his pants, don’t ask him what he shot.” - Old Saying
7:31 PM - 8 Feb 13

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Friday, March 15, 2013 • Permalink