Fifth PGA Championship





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Former PGA Champion Jock Hutchison was given a chance to avenge his loss in the 1921 PGA Championship, when he met reigning U.S. Open Champion Gene Sarazen. The match went to the 35th hole, with Sarazen winning, 3 and 1, after trailing Hutchison through the morning half and the greater part of the afternoon.

In the semifinals, Sarazen met Bobby Cruickshank, but Sarazen came out on top with a 3-and-2 victory. In the other match, Emmet French disposed of John Golden, 8 and 7.
The first 18 in the final was a tight match, with Sarazen and French all square before a lunch break. After 26 holes the match was still even, before Sarazen went on to claim the 27th, 28th and 29th holes. Both players halved the 30th but Sarazen won the 31st. With halves at the 32nd and 33rd holes, Sarazen closed the match, 4 and 3. The 20-year-old, who had changed his name from Eugenio Saraceni, had reached a new milestone in golf as he became the first player to hold the U.S. Open and PGA Championship titles at the same time.

The early surprise of the Championship was that Walter Hagen would not defend his title due to exhibition engagements. In the first three rounds, two-time Champion Jim Barnes fell to Johnny Farrell, 1-up, in the second round. Farrell then was eliminated by his former mentor, Tom Kerrigan, 4 and 3.

The field for match play was 64 players who qualified in local districts. All first matches were played at 18 holes with the rest of the matches played at 36 holes.

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