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1941 PGA Championship

The 1941 PGA Championship was the 24th PGA Championship, held July 7–13 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Englewood, Colorado (now Cherry Hills Village), just south of Denver. Then a match play championship, Vic Ghezzi won his only major title over defending champion Byron Nelson in 38 holes.[4][5] Nelson defeated Ralph Guldahl, Ben Hogan, and Gene Sarazen on successive days to reach his third consecutive final.

1941 PGA Championship
Tournament information
DatesJuly 7–13, 1941
LocationEnglewood, Colorado, U.S.
Course(s)Cherry Hills Country Club
Organized byPGA of America
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatMatch play - 6 rounds
Statistics
Par71
Length6,888 yards (6,298 m)[1]
Field97 players,[3]
64 to match play
Cut154 (+12), playoff
Prize fund$10,600[2]
Winner's share$1,100
Champion
United States Vic Ghezzi
def. Byron Nelson, 38 holes
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Cherry Hills Country Club is located in the United States
Cherry Hills Country Club
Cherry Hills Country Club
Location in the United States

Seven of the eight quarterfinalists in 1941 won major titles during their careers. Sam Snead was the medalist in the stroke play qualifier at 138 (−4);[6] he lost in the quarterfinals but won the first of his three titles the following year.

Due to World War II, this was the last "full field" at the PGA Championship until 1946. The match play bracket was scaled back from 64 competitors to 32 for 1942, when it and the Masters were the only majors held. The PGA Championship was the only major in 1944 and 1945; none were played in 1943 and the other three returned in 1946.

This was the last time the final match in the PGA Championship went to extra holes. The PGA Championship changed to stroke play in 1958 and its first two playoffs in 1961 and 1967 were 18 holes, before conversion to sudden-death, first used in 1977 and last in 1996. The present three-hole aggregate playoff made its debut in 2000.

This championship was the second major played at this course; the U.S. Open was held at Cherry Hills three years earlier in 1938, won by Guldahl. It later hosted the U.S. Open in 1960 and 1978, and the PGA Championship in 1985. The average elevation of the course exceeds 5,300 feet (1,620 m) above sea level.

FormatEdit

The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1941 called for 12 rounds (216 holes) in seven days:[2]

  • Monday and Tuesday – 36-hole stroke play qualifier, 18 holes per day;
    • defending champion Byron Nelson and top 63 professionals advanced to match play
  • Wednesday – first two rounds, 18 holes each
  • Thursday – third round – 36 holes
  • Friday – quarterfinals – 36 holes
  • Saturday – semifinals – 36 holes
  • Sunday – final – 36 holes

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Player Country Year(s) won Record Advanced to Finish
Byron Nelson   United States 1940 5–1 Finals 2
Gene Sarazen   United States 1922, 1923, 1933 4–1 Semifinals T3
Denny Shute   United States 1936, 1937 3–1 Quarterfinals T5
Henry Picard   United States 1939 0–1 First round T33
Paul Runyan   United States 1934, 1938 0–1 First round T33

Failed to qualifyEdit

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Johnny Revolta   United States 1935 79 77 156 +14
Olin Dutra   United States 1932 WD

Source:[1][2][6]

Final resultsEdit

Sunday, July 13, 1941

Place Player Country Money ($)
1 Vic Ghezzi   United States 1,100
2 Byron Nelson   United States 600
T3 Lloyd Mangrum   United States 350
Gene Sarazen   United States
T5 Jimmy Hines   United States 250
Ben Hogan   United States
Denny Shute   United States
Sam Snead   United States

Source:[7]

Final eight bracketEdit

Quarter-finals
July 11
Semi-finals
July 12
Finals
July 13
         
Vic Ghezzi 8&7
Jimmy Hines
Vic Ghezzi 1 up
Lloyd Mangrum
Lloyd Mangrum 6&4
Sam Snead
Vic Ghezzi 38h
Byron Nelson
Byron Nelson 2&1
Ben Hogan
Byron Nelson 2up
Gene Sarazen
Gene Sarazen 7&6
Denny Shute

Final match scorecardsEdit

Morning

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 5 4
  Ghezzi 4 3 3 4 5 3 4 3 4 3 6 3 4 5 4 4 4 5
  Nelson 3 4 4 4 6 3 4 3 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 4 4
Leader N1 G1 G1 G2 G2 G2 G2 G1 G2 G1 G1 G1 G1 N1

Afternoon

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 5 4
  Ghezzi 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 2 4 6 5
  Nelson 4 3 3 5 5 2 4 3 4 5 5 4 3 5 3 4 5 5
Leader N1 N2 N2 N1 N1 N2 N2 N3 N3 N2 N1 N1 G1 G1

Extra holes

Hole  1   2 
Par 4 4
  Ghezzi 4 4
  Nelson 4 5
Leader G1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Harrison, Bassler lead PGA qualifiers with sub-par 68's". St. Petersburg Times. Florida. United Press. July 8, 1941. p. 9.
  2. ^ a b c "Tournament Info for: 1941 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  3. ^ Kelly, Loudon (July 8, 1941). "Bassler and Harrison top P.G.A. qualifier with 68s". Youngstown Vindicator. Ohio. Associated Press. p. 13. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Bartlett, Charles (July 14, 1941). "Ghezzi beats Nelson on 38th hole for P.G.A. title". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 19.
  5. ^ Kelly, Loudon (July 14, 1941). "Vic Ghezzi stages brilliant rally to trim Nelson on 38th hole in P.G.A. final". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). Associated Press. p. 9. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Sam Snead takes medal in PGA qualifying play". Palm Beach Post. Florida. Associated Press. July 9, 1941. p. 9.
  7. ^ "Vic Ghezzi Wins PGA Title Dethroning Champion Byron Nelson In 38 Holes". Palm Beach Post. Florida. Associated Press. July 14, 1941. p. 6. Retrieved April 30, 2013.

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