Sixth PGA Championship
Gene Sarazen captured his second consecutive PGA Championship with five superior early-round performances before facing legendary Walter Hagen in one of the classic final matches of the era. To get there, Sarazen edged two-time Champion Jim Barnes 1-up, thanks to a birdie on the final hole of their quarterfinal battle. In the semifinal, Sarazen rolled past Bobby Cruickshank, 6 and 5.
Sarazen went on to successfully defend his title by defeating Hagen in the first extra-hole final in PGA Championship history. But it took one of Hagen’s patented charges to send the match to extra holes. Both players stood all square after the morning round, and Sarazen built a 3-hole lead after the front nine of the afternoon round.
Hagen rallied by making a birdie at the 29th hole, and squared the match by winning the 34th and 35th holes. The final hole was halved, sending the match into extra holes. The first hole was halved, but the match almost ended on the tee shots at the second hole when Sarazen hit into heavy rough, just a couple of feet away from an out-of-bounds fence. With a crowd gathered around him, Sarazen was heard by a few spectators to say, “I’ll put this one up so close to the hole that it will break Walter’s heart,” which he did. It was one of the most magnificent shots ever made in championship golf, dropping short of the pin and coming to rest two feet away from a certain birdie. Hagen followed by chipping poorly into a greenside bunker. His last gasp effort to tie Sarazen resulted in his bunker approach coming within inches of the hole.