12th PGA Championship





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A 36-hole qualifying round was conducted the Monday before the Championship. Fred Morrison was the low qualifier of 32 players with 136. A score of 149 qualified for match play, with Bill Mehlhorn, Walter Hagen and Henry Cuici having to beat Al Houghton and Waldo Crowder for the last three spots. Tommy Armour withdrew due to illness before the qualifying round. Meanwhile, Harry Cooper qualified with a score of 146, but, on the morning of the first round of match play, it came to the attention of officials that Cooper had been admitted to the Championship by committee rather than by qualifying in his district, so he was disqualifed. Notable players who didn’t make it to match play were James Foulis (150), Harold McSpaden (150) and Fred McLeod (154). All matches were played at 36 holes.

In the finals, neither player shot well. Diegel, at one point, took four straight holes from Farrell, only to lose the next three. Farrell won the 18th hole to finish the morning round 1-up, with both players shooting 3-over-par 74s. Diegel started the afternoon round on the right foot by winning the 19th hole to square the match and then, on several of the next eight holes, frustated Farrell with some well-placed stymies. This came to a head at the 27th green when Diegel, who was 1-up at the time, missed a short putt. His ball stopped in a position that partly covered the cup and blocked Farrell’s five-foot putt. Farrell tried to negotiate the putt around Diegel’s ball, but he failed and knocked Diegel’s ball into the cup and lost the hole. The same thing happened on the next green. Instead of being all square or perhaps 1-down through safer play, Farrell found himself 3-down. At the next hole, Farrell again had a three-footer for a win, and, even though Diegel’s ball wasn’t in his way, still missed the putt. The match was all but over, and Diegel parred the rest of the holes to beat Farrell, 6 and 4.

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