1958 PGA Championship

The 1958 PGA Championship was the 40th PGA Championship, played July 17–20 at Llanerch Country Club in Havertown, Pennsylvania, a suburb west of Philadelphia. It was the first PGA Championship held in its current stroke play format,[3] 72 holes over four days, ending on Sunday. The previous editions were at match play, with the two most recent ones at seven rounds over five days, the final two rounds at 36 holes per match. The announcement of the change was made eight months earlier in November.[4][5]

1958 PGA Championship
Tournament information
DatesJuly 17–20, 1958
LocationHavertown, Pennsylvania
Course(s)Llanerch Country Club
Organized byPGA of America
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Statistics
Par70
Length6,710 yards (6,136 m)
Field161 players
93 after first cut
64 after second cut
Cut154 (+14) (first cut)
228 (+18) (second cut)[2]
Prize fund$39,388[1]
Winner's share$5,500
Champion
United States Dow Finsterwald
276 (−4)
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Dow Finsterwald, the runner-up in 1957, shot a final round 67 to win his only major title, two shots ahead of runner-up Billy Casper. Finsterwald's round-by-round scores were 67-72-70-67=276, 4-under-par on the par-70 course.[6] Sam Snead led after 54 holes in pursuit of a fourth title, but faded to third with a final round 73 (+3).[7] The winner's share was $5,500, down from the previous year's $8,000.

The Open Championship was held two weeks earlier in England at Royal Lytham & St Annes, with only two Americans in the field; Gene Sarazen finished 16th, but missed the first cut at the PGA Championship.

Round summariesEdit

Thursday, July 17, 1958

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Dow Finsterwald   United States 67 −3
2 Jay Hebert   United States 68 −2
T3 Jimmy Demaret   United States 69 −1
Lionel Hebert   United States
Ted Kroll   United States
Dick Mayer   United States
Felice Torza   Italy
  United States
T8 Jack Burke Jr.   United States 70 E
Bob Crowley   United States
T10 Leo Biagetti   United States 71 +1
Bill Collins   United States
Buster Cupit   United States
Cary Middlecoff   United States
Bob Rosburg   United States
Don Whitt   United States
Art Wall Jr.   United States

Source:[8]

Second roundEdit

Friday, July 18, 1958

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Dow Finsterwald   United States 67-72=139 −1
Jay Hebert   United States 68-71=139
T3 Julius Boros   United States 72-68=140 E
Billy Casper   United States 73-67=140
Sam Snead   United States 73-67=140
T6 Bill Collins   United States 71-70=141 +1
Felice Torza   Italy
  United States
69-72=141
T8 Tommy Bolt   United States 72-70=142 +2
Jack Burke Jr.   United States 70-72=142
Doug Ford   United States 72-70=142
Lionel Hebert   United States 69-73=142

Source:[9]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, July 19, 1958

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Sam Snead   United States 73-67-67=207 −3
2 Billy Casper   United States 73-67-68=208 −2
3 Dow Finsterwald   United States 67-72-70=209 −1
4 Jack Burke Jr.   United States 70-72-69=211 +1
T5 Doug Ford   United States 72-70-70=212 +2
Jay Hebert   United States 68-71-73=212
T7 Julius Boros   United States 72-68-73=213 +3
Mike Souchak   United States 75-69-69=213
T9 Buster Cupit   United States 71-74-69=214 +4
Dick Mayer   United States 75-69-69=214

Source:[10]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, July 20, 1958

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Dow Finsterwald   United States 67-72-70-67=276 −4 5,500
2 Billy Casper   United States 73-67-68-70=278 −2 3,500
3 Sam Snead   United States 73-67-67-73=280 E 2,400
4 Jack Burke Jr.   United States 70-72-69-70=281 +1 2,000
T5 Tommy Bolt   United States 72-70-73-70=285 +5 1,600
Julius Boros   United States 72-68-73-72=285
Jay Hebert   United States 68-71-73-73=285
T8 Buster Cupit   United States 71-74-69-73=287 +7 1,300
Ed Oliver   United States 74-73-71-69=287
Mike Souchak   United States 75-69-69-74=287

Source:[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tournament Info for: 1958 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Archived from the original on October 23, 2006. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  2. ^ Grimsley, Will (July 20, 1958). "Snead takes over PGA command; can become oldest man to win". St. Petersburg Independent. Florida. Associated Press. p. 10-A.
  3. ^ Wind, Herbert Warren (August 4, 1958). "Items from a summer notebook". Sports Illustrated. p. 46.
  4. ^ "Medal play in pro golf slated". Time-News. (Hendersonville, North Carolina). United Press. November 15, 1957. p. 8.
  5. ^ "P.G.A. swings from match to medal play". Chicago Daily Tribune. November 15, 1957. p. 1, part 4.
  6. ^ "Final Scores From PGA". The Salt Lake Tribune. July 21, 1958. p. 41.
  7. ^ a b "Finsterwald wins as Snead 'blows up'". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. July 21, 1958. p. 2, part 2.
  8. ^ Gundelfinger, Phil (July 18, 1959). "Dow Finsterwald's 67 leads PGA tourney". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 15.
  9. ^ "2nd round PGA scores". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. July 19, 1959. p. 11.
  10. ^ Bartlett, Charles (July 20, 1958). "Sam Snead fires 67 for 207; takes over PGA lead". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2.

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