1955 PGA Championship
The 1955 PGA Championship was the 37th PGA Championship, held July 20–26 at in Michigan at Meadowbrook Country Club in Northville Township, northwest of nearby Detroit. Doug Ford won the match play championship, 4 & 3 over Cary Middlecoff in the Tuesday final; the winner's share was $5,000 and the runner-up earned $3,000. This was the first of two major titles for Ford, who won the Masters in 1957.
|Dates||July 20–26, 1955|
|Location||Northville Twp, Michigan|
|Course(s)||Meadowbrook Country Club|
|Organized by||PGA of America|
|Format||Match play - 6 rounds|
|Length||6,701 yards (6,127 m)|
64 to match play
|Cut||147 (+5), playoff|
|def. Cary Middlecoff, 4 & 3|
Ford was also the medalist in the stroke-play qualifying with a 135 (−7), worth $250 and the Alex Smith trophy. He was the fourth to win the final match after winning the qualifier, joining Walter Hagen (1926), Olin Dutra (1932), and Byron Nelson (1945). Ford was the last medalist, as the format was changed in 1956 to seven rounds without a qualifier for two years, then to 72-hole stroke play in 1958.
This was second time in three years the PGA Championship was played near Detroit; the 1953 event was played at Birmingham Country Club in Birmingham, about 20 miles (30 km) northeast. The 1947 edition, in which Harbert was runner-up, was also held in the Detroit area.
- Wednesday and Thursday – 36-hole stroke play qualifier, 18 holes per day;
- defending champion Chick Harbert and the 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|
|Vic Ghezzi||United States||1941||1–1||Second round||T17|
|Chick Harbert||United States||1954||1–1||Second round||T17|
|Gene Sarazen||United States||1922, 1923, 1933||1–1||Second round||T17|
|Sam Snead||United States||1942, 1949, 1951||1–1||Second round||T17|
|Walter Burkemo||United States||1953||0–1||First round||T33|
Failed to qualifyEdit
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Denny Shute||United States||1936, 1937||75||73||148||+6|
|Jim Turnesa||United States||1952||75||76||151||+9|
|Chandler Harper||United States||1950||78||74||152||+10|
Tuesday, July 26, 1955
|1||Doug Ford||United States||5,000|
|2||Cary Middlecoff||United States||3,000|
|T3||Tommy Bolt||United States||750|
|Shelley Mayfield||United States|
|T5||Jack Burke, Jr.||United States||500|
|Don Fairfield||United States|
|Fred Hawkins||United States|
|Lew Worsham||United States|
Final eight bracketEdit
|Jack Burke, Jr.|
Final match scorecardsEdit
4 & 3
- "Snead putts well, posts 66 to lead PGA". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 21, 1955. p. 17.
- "Tournament Info for: 1955 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
- "National PGA tourney opens". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. July 20, 1955. p. 4B.
- "Doug Ford wins PGA title in his first try". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 27, 1955. p. 15.
- Bartlett, Charles (July 27, 1955). "P.G.A. title won 4 and 3 by Doug Ford". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, sec. 3.
- Wind, Herbert Warren (August 15, 1955). "In the PGA, Doug Ford, the summer's hottest golfer, proved speed and hunger are a winning combination". Sports Illustrated. p. 54.
- Bartlett, Charles (July 22, 1955). "P.G.A. medal won with 135 by Doug Ford". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, sec. 3.
- "Doug Ford shoots 135 to win PGA medal". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 22, 1955. p. 19.
- "First round PGA scores". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 21, 1955. p. 17.