1946 PGA Championship

The 1946 PGA Championship was the 28th PGA Championship, held August 19–25 at Portland Golf Club outside Portland, Oregon. Ben Hogan won the match play championship, 6 & 4 over Ed Oliver in the final; the winner's share was $3,500 and the runner-up's was $1,500.[3][4]

1946 PGA Championship
Tournament information
DatesAugust 19–25, 1946
LocationPortland, Oregon, U.S.
Course(s)Portland Golf Club
Organized byPGA of America
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatMatch play - 6 rounds
Statistics
Par72
Length6,524 yards (5,966 m)[1]
Field122 players,
64 to match play
Cut148 (+4), playoff
Prize fund$17,700[2]
Winner's share$3,500
Champion
United States Ben Hogan
def. Ed Oliver, 6 & 4
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Portland Golf Club is located in Oregon
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Hogan was three down after the first 18 holes in the morning, then rebounded in the afternoon.[3][5] In the semifinals, Hogan defeated Jimmy Demaret 10 & 9 and Oliver beat Jug McSpaden 6 & 5.[6] Oliver defeated defending champion Byron Nelson 1 up in the quarterfinals.

For Hogan, age 34, it was the first of his nine major titles. He won again in 1948, but following his near-fatal auto accident in early 1949, his debilitated condition did not agree with the grueling five-day schedule of 36 holes per day in summer heat. Hogan did not enter the PGA Championship again until 1960, its third year as a 72-hole stroke play event, at 18 holes per day.

In the quarterfinals, defending champion Byron Nelson bogeyed the final hole and lost 1 down to Oliver;[7] it was Nelson's final appearance at the PGA Championship. The medalist for the stroke-play qualifying portion was Jim Ferrier, which included a 29 on the front nine of the second round, a record for a PGA event.[8][9] He won the PGA Championship title the following year in 1947.

The Portland Golf Club hosted the Portland Open on the PGA Tour the previous two years; Sam Snead won in 1944 and Hogan in 1945. It also hosted the Ryder Cup in 1947, won by the U.S. team captained by Hogan.

This was the first "full field" at the PGA Championship since 1941, with a match play bracket of 64 competitors. Due to World War II, it had been reduced to 32 for 1942, 1944, and 1945, and not played in 1943.

Hogan's win marked the first time that all four major championships were won by Americans in a calendar year.

FormatEdit

The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1946 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, 1945 3–1 Quarterfinals T5
Vic Ghezzi   United States 1941 1–1 Second round T17
Bob Hamilton   United States 1944 1–1 Second round T17
Sam Snead   United States 1942 1–1 Second round T17

Final resultsEdit

Sunday, August 25, 1946

Place Player Country Money ($)
1 Ben Hogan   United States 3,500
2 Ed Oliver   United States 1,500
T3 Jimmy Demaret   United States 750
Jug McSpaden   United States
T5 Chuck Congdon   United States 500
Frank Moore   United States
Byron Nelson   United States
Jim Turnesa   United States

Final eight bracketEdit

Quarter-finals
August 23
Semi-finals
August 24
Finals
August 25
         
Ben Hogan 5&4
Frank Moore
Ben Hogan 10&9
Jimmy Demaret
Jimmy Demaret 6&5
Jim Turnesa
Ben Hogan 6&4
Ed Oliver
Ed Oliver 1up
Byron Nelson
Ed Oliver 6&5
Jug McSpaden
Jug McSpaden 5&3
Chuck Congdon

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 3 5 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 4 5 4 3 5
  Hogan 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 5 5 3 4 4 4 4 3 5
  Oliver 5 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 5 3 3 2 5
Leader H1 O1 O1 O1 O1 O1 O2 O1 O1 O1 O2 O3 O3

Afternoon

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 4 5 4 3 5
  Hogan 4 4 3 2 4 3 4 3 3 4 3 3 4 3 Hogan wins
6 & 4
  Oliver 4 5 4 3 5 3 4 3 5 5 4 4 4 4
Leader O3 O2 O1 H1 H1 H1 H1 H2 H3 H4 H5 H5 H6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Harrison leads pro golf field". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. August 20, 1946. p. 13.
  2. ^ a b "Tournament Info for: 1946 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Bartlett, Charles (August 26, 1946). "Hogan beats Oliver for P.G.A. crown, 6 and 4". Chicago Tribune. p. 27.
  4. ^ "Hogan beats Oliver for PGA title". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. United Press. August 26, 1946. p. 14.
  5. ^ Strite, Dick (August 26, 1946). "Ben Hogan stages great comeback to take PGA title from Ed Oliver". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 2.
  6. ^ Strite, Dick (August 25, 1946). "Porky Oliver, Ben Hogan PGA tourney finalists". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 21.
  7. ^ "Oliver edges Nelson, winning 1-up". Pittsburgh Press. United Press. August 24, 1946. p. 8.
  8. ^ "Ferrier blasts new golf mark". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 21, 1946. p. 10.
  9. ^ "Jim Ferrier blasts marks in P.G.A. qualifying round". Pittsburgh Press. United Press. August 21, 1946. p. 24.

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