Inaugural PGA Championship
Three British-born golfers and one American reached the semifinals of the inaugural PGA Championship at Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, N.Y. America’s hopes rested upon Walter Hagen, one of the founders of The PGA of America, who battled St. Andrews native Jock Hutchison in one match, while Jim Barnes, a native of Cornwall, England, met Willie MacFarlane, formerly of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Hagen built a 1-up lead after 27 holes on Hutchison, but lost the 12th and 13th holes. The next four holes were halved and, with Hagen hitting his second shot into a brook short of the green, Hutchison won the match, 2-up. Meanwhile, Barnes had no difficulty in outplaying MacFarlane, 6 and 5.
In the final match, Hutchison jumped out to a three-hole lead, shooting 37 to Barnes’ 39. On the back side, Barnes reduced the lead to one, with both players scoring 77 in the first 18 holes. After a break, the match resumed with Barnes telling the crowd before his drive on the first hole, “I always do better after lunch.” Barnes squared the match at the 21st hole and took the lead for the first time at the 25th hole with an 18-foot putt. The 27th hole was halved in birdie 3s, with Barnes making a 35-footer putt. Barnes made another long (25 feet) curling putt on the next hole to go 2-up. Hutchison rallied with a 15-foot birdie at the next hole, won the 31st and took a 1-up lead at the 33rd hole. The 34th hole was halved in fours, but Hutchison missed a five-footer on the next hole to square the match. On the final green, both players had five-footers for fours and, after a measurement, it was decided that Hutchison was out. Hutchison missed the putt and Barnes made his, winning 1-up. “Big Jim” won $500 and a diamond medal. Hutchison received a gold medal and $250.
Siwanoy head professional Thomas Kerrigan has the distinction of being the first player to hit a shot in the PGA Championship, en route to a 6-and-4 victory over Charles Adams.