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The 1954 PGA Championship was the 36th PGA Championship, held July 21–27 at Keller Golf Club in Maplewood, Minnesota, a suburb north of St. Paul. Chick Harbert won the match play championship, 4 & 3 over defending champion Walter Burkemo in the Tuesday final;[3] the winner's share was $5,000 and the runner-up's was $3,000.[4]

1954 PGA Championship
Tournament information
DatesJuly 21–27, 1954
LocationMaplewood, Minnesota, U.S.
Course(s)Keller Golf Club
Organized byPGA of America
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatMatch play - 6 rounds
Statistics
Par71
Length6,652 yards (6,083 m)[1]
Field135 players,[1]
64 to match play
Cut147 (+5), no playoff needed
Prize fund$20,700[2]
Winner's share$5,000
Champion
United States Chick Harbert
def. Walter Burkemo, 4 & 3
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1955 →
Maplewood  is located in the United States
Maplewood 
Maplewood 
Location in the United States
Keller GC  is located in Minnesota
Keller GC 
Keller GC 
Location in Minnesota

It marked the second time the PGA Championship returned to a venue; public Keller had also hosted in 1932; Oakmont near Pittsburgh hosted in 1922 and 1951. It was the third and last final for the two finalists, both from the Detroit area; each had one victory and two losses. Harbert lost in 1947 and 1952, while Burkemo lost in 1951 and won in 1953.

In the finals, Burkemo eagled the first hole and was three up after four holes, but soon cooled off; the match was even on the twelfth tee and Harbert led by one at the lunch break. The afternoon round was bogey-free for both, but Harbert had five birdies to Burkemo's two and the match ended on the 33rd green.[3]

Ed "Porky" Oliver won $250 as the medalist in the stroke-play qualifying with a 136 (−6);[5][6] he fell 3 & 1 in the third round to eventual champion Harbert.[7][8]

FormatEdit

The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1954 called for 12 rounds (216 holes) in seven days:[2]

  • Wednesday and Thursday – 36-hole stroke play qualifier, 18 holes per day;
    • the defending champion Walter Burkemo 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
Walter Burkemo   United States 1953 5–1 Finals 2
Sam Snead   United States 1942, 1949, 1951 3–1 Quarterfinals T5
Johnny Revolta   United States 1935 2–1 Third round T9
Jim Turnesa   United States 1952 0–1 First round T33

Failed to qualifyEdit

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Chandler Harper   United States 1950 72 76 148 +6
Vic Ghezzi   United States 1941 75 75 150 +8

Source:[2][6][9]

Final resultsEdit

Final eight bracketEdit

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 5 3 4 3 5 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 3 4 4 4
  Harbert ^ 4 7 3 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 3 4 3 4
  Burkemo 2 4 5 2 4 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 3 5 3 4 3 4
Leader B1 B1 B2 B3 B3 B3 B3 B3 B2 B1 H1 H1 H1 H1 H1

^ = 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 5 3 4 3 5 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 3 4 4 4
  Harbert 3 3 5 3 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 4 3 3 3 Harbert
wins
4 & 3
  Burkemo 4 4 5 3 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 3
Leader H2 H3 H3 H3 H3 H3 H2 H2 H2 H3 H3 H3 H3 H4 H4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Oliver sets PGA pace with 5-under 66". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 22, 1954. p. 17.
  2. ^ a b c "Tournament Info for: 1954 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Bartlett, Charles (July 28, 1954). "Harbert, 39, wins pro golf title". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 3.
  4. ^ "Harbert is victor in PGA finals". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). United Press. July 28, 1954. p. 16.
  5. ^ Bartlett, Charles (July 23, 1954). "Oliver's 136 wins PGA trials medal". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 3.
  6. ^ a b "Porky Oliver's 136 wins national PGA medal". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 23, 1954. p. 19.
  7. ^ "Fancy field of 8 move into PGA quarterfinals". Palm Beach Post. Associated Press. July 25, 1954. p. 46.
  8. ^ Bartlett, Charles (July 25, 1954). "Snead and Burkemo gain P.G.A. quarter-final berths". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 2.
  9. ^ "First round PGA scores". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 22, 1954. p. 17.

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