Snead's Achilles heel was short putting, and his miss on the 18th hole of the playoff with Lew Worsham at St. Louis C.C. hurt more than any other. Snead had led by two with three to play, but the pair came to the last tied. After Worsham chipped close, Snead left his 18 footer short. As he got ready to putt out, Worsham stopped him to question who was away. Rules official Ike Grainger measured the putts, determining that Snead was 30 ½ inches away and Worsham 29 ½. But the delay took five minutes, and when Snead finally putted he missed weakly to the right. Worsham then made his. It started Snead on a long bout of the yips that didn't end until he won 11 tournaments in 1950. The yips would return, and of course, Snead never won the U.S. Open.