13th PGA Championship





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A 36-hole qualifying round was conducted the Monday before the Championship and 32 players qualified. Horton Smith and Johnny Farrell were low qualifiers at 145 and a score of 157 qualified for match play. Six players tied at 156, which forced a playoff for the last spot, won by Billy Burke. Notable players who failed to qualify in sectional qualifying were past Champions Walter Hagen, Jock Hutchison and Jim Barnes. All matches were played at 36 holes.

The final was something out of a Hollywood script, with two great golfers battling to the final putts to determine the champion. Even though Sarazen should have been the favorite because he was playing on his home course, it was one of those matches where neither player had the upper hand. The biggest lead in the match was just two holes, which both players had at one time during the contest. After the morning round, Armour had a 1-up lead after shooting 71 to Sarazen’s 72. On the front nine of the afternoon round Sarazen got the hole back, and they went to the final nine all square. On the 18th hole Sarazen hooked his tee shot while Armour hit the fairway. Sarazen put his second shot into a greenside bunker, then Armour, who had a poor lie, hit his second shot into the bunker. Sarazen put his bunker shot 10 feet past the hole, while Armour exploded 12 feet away. As Armour got over his putt, he was forced to back away as a photographer disturbed him. He got back over the putt and finally hit the ball, which had just enough momentum to topple in to win, 1-up. Sarazen, who looked surprised that Armour made it, putted hurriedly and missed.

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