22nd PGA Championship
A 36-hole qualifying round to get into match play was conducted the Sunday and Monday before the Championship. Ben Hogan, Dutch Harrison, Ky Laffoon and Emerick Kocsis were low qualifiers with 138, and 64 players qualified. A score of 147 qualified for match play, with 11 players at 148 having a playoff for five spots. Some notable players who didn’t qualify were Ed Dudley (148), Sam Snead (149), Joe Turnesa (151), Jimmy Hines (151) and Tom Creavy (153).
The first and second rounds were 18 holes each, played in one day, with the remaining matches being played at 36 holes.
The finals were decided in overtime for the fourth time, as Picard won a 1-up decision over Nelson, with birdies on the 36th and 37th holes. Picard led most of the way, until Nelson birdied the 29th hole to square the match. When Nelson birdied the 32nd hole, it was the first time in the match that he was in the lead. It was a dramatic birdie for Nelson, who almost drove the 330-yard green. Picard stuck his second shot just seven feet away. Nelson chipped up, hitting the flag and bouncing back just three feet away. Picard putted first and missed, but laid Nelson a perfect stymie, which he successfully jumped into the hole. They halved the 33rd hole with birdies, and on the next hole, Picard saved the match by making a 25-footer for par to prevent him from going 2-down. They halved the 35th hole with pars and then, at the final hole, which was only 300 yards long, both players were just short of the green with their drives. Nelson hit a poor second shot to within 12 feet, and Picard hit his four feet away. Nelson missed his putt, and Picard made his to send the match into overtime. At the 37th hole, Picard hit his drive under a movie truck, while Nelson was down the middle. Nelson was first from the fairway and hit a great shot, just five feet away. After Picard got relief for the obstruction, he knocked his second shot seven feet away. Again, Picard found himself in a do-or-die situation, and after all the cameras stopped, Picard stepped up and made the putt. Nelson missed his attempt.