Fourth PGA Championship
Two-time U.S. Open Champion Walter Hagen began his remarkable PGA Championship legacy with four impressive match victories before facing two-time PGA Champion Jim Barnes in the finale at Inwood Country Club in Far Rockaway, N.Y. To get there, both players survived semifinal duels contested in miserable weather conditions. A terrific rainstorm put a halt to the Emmett French-Barnes match, with Barnes leading 2-up. The next morning they finished off the remaining 12 holes of the match, with Barnes winning, 5 and 3. In the other semifinal, Hagen offered to postpone their match, but Cyril Walker refused, and they went on to the bitter end with Hagen winning, 5 and 4.
The final brought together Barnes and Hagen, each playing at the peak of their ability. Hagen went out in 69 in the morning round for a 1-up lead. In the afternoon, Hagen continued his brilliant all-around game and putted spectacularly with a front nine 4-under 33 to build a 4-up advantage. Hagen closed the match at the 34th hole, winning the match, 3 and 2.
The surprise in the early rounds was a second-round exit by defending PGA Champion and newly-crowned British Open winner Jock Hutchison, who was outplayed by a 19-year-old youngster, Gene Sarazen. A former caddie, Sarazen had Hutchison 8-down after the first 18 holes, thanks in part to a brilliant 69 and went on to win, 8 and 6. Walker halted Sarazen’s bid in the quarterfinals, 5 and 4. The field for match play was selected on a basis of the best 31 finishers in the U.S. Open, with defending PGA Champion Jock Hutchison filling the 32nd berth.