1928 PGA Championship

The 1928 PGA Championship was the 11th PGA Championship, held October 1–6 at the Five Farms Course of the Baltimore Country Club in Lutherville, Maryland, north of Baltimore. Then a match play championship, Leo Diegel defeated Al Espinosa 6 & 5 in the finals to win the first of his two consecutive titles.[3]

1928 PGA Championship
Tournament information
DatesOctober 1–6, 1928
LocationLutherville, Maryland
Course(s)Baltimore Country Club
Five Farms (East) Course
Organized byPGA of America
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatMatch play - 5 rounds
Field63 players,[1]
32 to match play
Cut160 (+20)
Prize fund$10,400[2]
United States Leo Diegel
def. Al Espinosa, 6 & 5
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Prior to the finals, Diegel defeated both Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen, the winners of the previous seven PGA Championships, in the two preceding matches. He prevailed 2 & 1 over nemesis Hagen in the quarterfinals[4] and 9 & 8 over Sarazen in the semifinals.[3][5] Diegel had lost to Hagen in the 1925 quarterfinals (40 holes) and the 1926 finals.

Five-time champion Hagen had won 22 consecutive matches and four straight titles at the PGA Championship. Prior to his loss to Diegel in the quarterfinals, his match record in the 1920s was 32–1 (.970), falling only to Sarazen in 38 holes in the 1923 finals.

The Five Farms Course, now the East Course, was designed by A. W. Tillinghast and opened two years earlier in September 1926.[6]

Diegel continued the tradition of repeat champions and successfully defended his title in 1929.


The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1928 called for 12 rounds (216 holes) in six days:[2]

  • Monday – 36-hole stroke play qualifier
    • top 32 professionals advanced to match play
  • Tuesday – first round – 36 holes
  • Wednesday – second round – 36 holes
  • Thursday – quarterfinals – 36 holes
  • Friday – semifinals – 36 holes
  • Saturday – final – 36 holes

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Player Country Year(s) won Record Advanced to Finish
Gene Sarazen   United States 1922, 1923 3–1 Semifinals T3
Jock Hutchison   Scotland 1920 2–1 Quarterfinals T5
Walter Hagen   United States 1921, 1924,
1925, 1926, 1927
2–1 Quarterfinals T5
Jim Barnes   England 1916, 1919 1–1 Second round T9

Final resultsEdit

Saturday, October 6, 1928

Place Player Country
1 Leo Diegel   United States
2 Al Espinosa   United States
T3 Gene Sarazen   United States
Horton Smith   United States
T5 Perry Del Vecchio   United States
Ed Dudley   United States
Walter Hagen   United States
Jock Hutchison   Scotland
  United States

Final eight bracketEdit

October 4
October 5
October 6
Leo Diegel 2&1
Walter Hagen
Leo Diegel 9&8
Gene Sarazen
Gene Sarazen 7&6
Ed Dudley
Leo Diegel 6&5
Al Espinosa
Al Espinosa 5&4
Jock Hutchison
Al Espinosa 6&5
Horton Smith
Horton Smith 2up
Perry Del Vecchio


  1. ^ a b Vosburgh, F.G. (October 2, 1928). "Al Espinosa heads field in pro meet". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. p. 11.
  2. ^ a b "Tournament Info for: 1928 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Rice, Lester (October 7, 1928). "Diegel cinches pro golf title". Milwaukee Sentinel. United Service Correspondence. p. 1-sec 3.
  4. ^ Vosbrough, F.G. (October 5, 1928). "Diegel beats Walter Hagen in pro event". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. p. 15.
  5. ^ Vosburgh, F.G. (October 6, 1928). "Espinosa and Diegel survive". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. p. 13.
  6. ^ "Legacy". Baltimore Country Club. Retrieved May 11, 2013.

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