1948 PGA Championship

The 1948 PGA Championship was the 30th PGA Championship, held May 19–25 at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri. Ben Hogan won the match play championship, 7 & 6 over Mike Turnesa in the Tuesday final; the winner's share was $3,500 and the runner-up's was $1,500.[3][4]

1948 PGA Championship
Tournament information
DatesMay 19–25, 1948
LocationSt. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Course(s)Norwood Hills Country Club
Organized byPGA of America
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatMatch play - 6 rounds
Statistics
Par71
Length6,467 yards (5,913 m)[1]
Field133 players,
64 to match play
Cut150 (+8), playoff
Prize fund$17,700[2]
Winner's share$3,500
Champion
United States Ben Hogan
def. Mike Turnesa, 7 & 6
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St. Louis is located in the United States
St. Louis
St. Louis
Location in the United States
Norwood Hills Country Club is located in Missouri
Norwood Hills Country Club
Norwood Hills Country Club
Location in Missouri

It was Hogan's second and final PGA Championship victory and the second of his nine major titles; the first was a 6 & 4 win in 1946 at Portland, and the third came a few weeks later at the U.S. Open at Riviera. Following a 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.

Defending champion Jim Ferrier lost in the second round to semifinalist Claude Harmon, 1 up.[5] Harmon defeated Sam Snead in 42 holes in the quarterfinals, but was stopped by Turnesa in 37 holes in the next round.

Hogan became only the second of four players in history to win the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship in the same calendar year. He was preceded by Gene Sarazen in 1922 and followed by Jack Nicklaus in 1980. Through 2016, Tiger Woods is the last to win both, in 2000, part of his Tiger Slam of four consecutive majors.

FormatEdit

The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1948 called for 12 rounds (216 holes) in seven days:[2]

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

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Player Country Year(s) won Record Advanced to Finish
Ben Hogan   United States 1946 6–0 Champion 1
Sam Snead   United States 1942 3–1 Quarterfinals T5
Gene Sarazen   United States 1922, 1923, 1933 2–1 Third round T9
Jim Ferrier   Australia 1947 1–1 Second round T17
Vic Ghezzi   United States 1941 0–1 First round T33
Bob Hamilton   United States 1944 0–1 First round T33

Failed to qualifyEdit

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Johnny Revolta   United States 1935 77 74 151 +9
Denny Shute   United States 1936, 1937 79 72 151 +9

Source:[2][6]

Final resultsEdit

Tuesday, May 25, 1948

Place Player Country Money ($)
1 Ben Hogan   United States 3,500
2 Mike Turnesa   United States 1,500
T3 Jimmy Demaret   United States 750
Claude Harmon   United States
T5 Johnny Bulla   United States 500
George Fazio   United States
Chick Harbert   United States
Sam Snead   United States

Final eight bracketEdit

Quarter-finals
May 23
Semi-finals
May 24
Finals
May 25
         
Ben Hogan 2&1
Chick Harbert
Ben Hogan 2&1
Jimmy Demaret
Jimmy Demaret 5&4
George Fazio
Ben Hogan 7&6
Mike Turnesa
Mike Turnesa 6&5
Johnny Bulla
Mike Turnesa 37h
Claude Harmon
Claude Harmon 42h
Sam Snead

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 3 4 4 4 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 4 5 5 4 3 4
  Hogan 4 3 4 3 3 3 4 3 5 4 3 4 3 5 4 3 3 4
  Turnesa 4 2 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 6 6 2 4 4
Leader T1 T1 H1 H2 H2 H2 H1 H1 H1 H1 H2 H3 H4 H3 H4 H4

Afternoon

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 4 5 5 4 3 4
  Hogan 4 3 3 4 4 4 5 2 5 4 2 3 Hogan wins
7 & 6
  Turnesa 5 3 4 3 4 4 4 3 4 5 3 4
Leader H5 H5 H6 H5 H5 H5 H4 H5 H4 H5 H6 H7

Source:[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Alexander wins PGA qualifying medal with 134". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. May 21, 1948. p. 21.
  2. ^ a b c "Tournament Info for: 1948 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Bartlett, Charles (May 26, 1948). "Ben Hogan takes P.G.A. crown, 7 and 6". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 3.
  4. ^ "Hogan downs Turnesa for PGA crown, 7 and 6". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. May 26, 1948. p. 3-part 2.
  5. ^ "Sarazen, Hogan third round foes". Miami Daily News. International News Service. May 22, 1948. p. 8-A.
  6. ^ "36-hole PGA scores". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 21, 1948. p. 21.

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