1949 PGA Championship

The 1949 PGA Championship was the 31st PGA Championship, held May 25–31 in Virginia at Belmont Golf Course (formerly known as Hermitage Country Club), north of Richmond. Native Virginian Sam Snead won the match play championship, 3 & 2 over Johnny Palmer in the Tuesday final; the winner's share was $3,500 and the runner-up's was $1,500.[3][4]

1949 PGA Championship
Tournament information
DatesMay 25–31, 1949
LocationHenrico, Virginia, U.S.
Course(s)Belmont Golf Course (formerly known as Hermitage Country Club)
Organized byPGA of America
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatMatch play - 6 rounds
Statistics
Par71
Length6,677 yards (6,105 m)[1]
Field64 to match play
Cut149 (+8), playoff
Prize fund$17,700[2]
Winner's share$3,500
Champion
United States Sam Snead
def. Johnny Palmer, 3 & 2
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It was the second of Snead's three wins in the PGA Championship, and the fourth of his seven major titles. At age 37, Snead was the oldest to win the PGA Championship;[5] he won again two years later in 1951.

The medalist in the stroke play qualifier was unsung Ray Hill of Louisiana,[6] who advanced to the quarterfinals.

Snead won the Masters in April; this was the first time the Masters champion had won the PGA Championship in the same calendar year. This has only been accomplished four times, most recently 45 years ago: Snead was followed by Jack Burke, Jr. in 1956 and Jack Nicklaus in 1963 and 1975. Snead's double was in the spring, Burke and Nicklaus completed theirs in the summer.

Defending champion Ben Hogan did not play in any of the majors during the 1949 season, following a near-fatal automobile accident in west Texas in early February.[7][8] In 1948, he won two majors, led the tour in money and wins (ten), and was player of the year; he had won two events in January 1949 (Pebble Beach, Long Beach),[9] with a playoff runner-up in a third (Phoenix).[10] Although Hogan returned to the tour in 1950 on a limited basis and won six more majors (nine total), he did not enter the PGA Championship again until age 48 in 1960, its third year as a stroke play event.

FormatEdit

The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1949 called for 12 rounds (216 holes) in seven days:[2]

  • Wednesday and Thursday – 36-hole stroke play qualifier, 18 holes per day;
    • the top 64 professionals advanced to match play
      • defending champion Ben Hogan did not enter, out for the season with injuries from an automobile accident
  • 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
Sam Snead   United States 1942 6–0 Champion 1
Jim Ferrier   Australia 1947 4–1 Semifinals T3
Bob Hamilton   United States 1944 1–1 Second round T17
Gene Sarazen   United States 1922, 1923, 1933 0–1 First round T33
Denny Shute   United States 1936, 1937 0–1 First round T33

Failed to qualifyEdit

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Vic Ghezzi   United States 1941 76 74 150 +8

Source:[6]

Final resultsEdit

Tuesday, May 31, 1949

Place Player Country Money ($)
1 Sam Snead   United States 3,500
2 Johnny Palmer   United States 1,500
T3 Jim Ferrier   Australia
  United States
750
Lloyd Mangrum   United States
T5 Jimmy Demaret   United States 500
Clayton Heafner   United States
Ray Hill   United States
Henry Williams, Jr.   United States

Final eight bracketEdit

Quarter-finals
May 29
Semi-finals
May 30
Finals
May 31
         
Sam Snead 4&3
Jimmy Demaret
Sam Snead 3&2
Jim Ferrier
Jim Ferrier 3&2
Clayton Heafner
Sam Snead 3&2
Johnny Palmer
Johnny Palmer 7&6
Henry Williams, Jr.
Johnny Palmer 6&5
Lloyd Mangrum
Lloyd Mangrum 7&6
Ray Hill

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 4 4 4 4 5 5 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 3
  Snead 4 4 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 5 3 3
  Palmer 4 3 4 2 4 4 4 4 4 ^ 5 4 3 3 4 4 ^ 4
Leader P1 P1 P2 P2 P1 P1 P2 P2 P1 P1 P1 P2 P1

^ = picked up ball (hole concession)

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 4 4 4 4 5 5 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 3
  Snead 4 4 4 2 4 3 3 4 6 4 4 4 2 4 4 4 Snead
wins
3 & 2
  Palmer 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 4
Leader S1 S1 S2 S3 S3 S2 S2 S2 S2 S3 S3 S3 S3

Source:[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gundelfinger, Phil (May 25, 1949). "Worsham fires record-tying 63 in PGA tuneup". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 19. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Tournament Info for: 1949 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
  3. ^ Gundelfinger, Phil (June 1, 1949). "Snead wins PGA, walloping Palmer in finals, 3 and 2". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 16. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Bartlett, Charles (June 1, 1949). "Snead wins P.G.A. title, 3 and 2". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 3.
  5. ^ "Snead beats Palmer 3-2, takes PGA title". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. June 1, 1949. p. 14-part 2. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
  6. ^ a b Fraley, Oscar (May 27, 1949). "PGA match play begins". Miami News. p. 3B.
  7. ^ "Golfer Ben Hogan injured in car crash". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. February 3, 1949. p. 1, sec. 4.
  8. ^ "Improving Hogan will play again". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. February 4, 1949. p. 1, sec. 3.
  9. ^ "Hogan cards 69 to top Demaret in playoff". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. January 26, 1949. p. 3, sec. 3.
  10. ^ "Demaret beats Hogan by 3 to win playoff". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. February 1, 1949. p. 3, sec. 3.

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