Second PGA Championship
The PGA Championship resumed after a two-year break due to World War I, and the finale at Engineers Country Club in Roslyn, N.Y., was similar to 1916, with an Englishman and a Scot in the showcase twosome. Fred McLeod, at 5-foot-3, the smallest man in the field, faced the tallest in defending PGA Champion Jim Barnes, a lanky 6-3. After the front nine, McLeod enjoyed a 1-up lead. He won the 10th hole but, at the 11th, his approach to the green was a bit strong; and he followed by missing a 1½ foot putt. That unnerved McLeod, who went on to lose six of the remaining seven holes to end the first 18 holes 5-down. In the afternoon, McLeod could not make a putt and Barnes proved his skill, holing a 40-foot birdie putt on the 31st hole for a 6-and-5 victory.
The second round featured a couple of upsets when George McLean beat Mike Brady, 6 and 5, and Jimmy West defeated Wilfred Reid, 2 and 1. It also had the battle of two giants, Otto Hackbarth and Jim Barnes, the two tallest players in the Championship. Barnes won the match on the 34th green, 3 and 2, after superior putting. Jock Hutchison, runner-up in 1916, fell to Bob McDonald in the quarterfinals, 3 and 2. In the rest of the matches, Barnes defeated Emmet French, 3 and 2, McLean routed James West, 9 and 7; and McLeod, the 1908 U.S. Open winner from Carnoustie, Scotland, enjoyed an 8-and-6 victory over J.D. Edgar.