18th PGA Championship
A 36-hole qualifying round was conducted the Thursday before the Championship. Defending PGA Champion Paul Runyan was exempt and 63 players qualified. Walter Hagen was low qualifier with 139. A score of 153 qualified for match play and 10 players tied at 154 competed in a playoff for three spots. Notable players who didn’t make it to match play were Johnny Farrell (154 lost in playoff), Jack Burke (156) and Leo Diegel (157).
The first and second rounds were 18 holes, with the remaining matches played at 36 holes.
In the finals, the weather played a key role, with frigid northern blasts numbing both players’ hands. In the end, 24-year-old Revolta, who was from Wisconsin, was able to handle the conditions better than Armour. In spite of being 16 years older and having won every major tournament a professional could win, Armour couldn’t secure his second PGA Championship. Revolta started his day on the right foot with a birdie on the first hole, and Armour was never able to square the match again. After a front nine 33, Revolta was 3-up and even though he was 2-over-par on the back nine, was able to pick up another hole, going to lunch 4-up.
Armour’s game improved in the afternoon; he won the first hole with a par, but it would be the last hole he would win for 12 holes. Despite playing the first seven holes in the afternoon at even par, he lost one more hole. Armour bogeyed the eighth hole, and when they went to the back side, Revolta was 6-up. Armour matched par on the first three holes of the back nine and won the 31st hole, when Revolta made bogey. When Revolta put his tee shot on the par-3, 32nd hole just 10 feet away, Armour knew the match was over. If there was a secret to Revolta’s 5-and-4 win, it had to be his putting. Over the course of the 31-hole match, Revolta didn’t have a three-putt and one-putted 13 greens. For his efforts Armour won $500, while Revolta won $1,000.