21st PGA Championship
A 36-hole qualifying round for match play was conducted the Sunday and Monday before the Championship. Defending PGA Champion Denny Shute was exempt and 63 players qualified. Frank Moore was low qualifier with 136. A score of 150 qualified for match play, with seven players at 151 having a playoff for four spots. Notable players who didn’t make it to match play were Mortie Dutra (153) and Willie Hunter (154).
The first and second rounds were 18 holes each, played in one day, with the remaining matches being played at 36 holes.
In the finals, Paul Runyan beat Sam Snead, 8 and 7, to win the PGA Championship for the second time. Up to this point, it was the most decisive victory in the finals. Runyan’s masterful short game produced a 67 in the morning, good for a 5-up lead. In the afternoon, the momentum continued. He made the turn in 35, with a 7-up advantage, then won the 28th hole, closing out the match with a half on the 29th. Runyan was 24-under-par for the 196 holes he played, and in his last 70 holes, only made one bogey.