23rd PGA Championship
A 36-hole qualifying round to get into match play was conducted the Sunday and Monday before the Championship. Dick Metz was the low qualifier with 140, and 64 players qualified for the field. A score of 153 qualified for match play, with seven players at 154 having a playoff for three spots. Notable players who didn’t make it to match play were Leo Diegel (155), Jim Barnes (157), Sam Parks Jr. (158) and Tom Creavy (158).
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, the losers of the last two PGA Championships fought it out, with Nelson edging Snead, 1-up. Nelson started early, taking a 2-up lead by shooting 71 in the morning round, but Snead fought back in the afternoon round, shooting 68. The real drama came on the last three holes, as Snead had a 1-up lead on the 34th hole, with Nelson two feet away for birdie. Snead almost ran in a 20-footer that would have tied the hole. At the 35th hole, Nelson hit a superb wedge to within two feet, while Snead was six feet away. Snead missed his putt, and Nelson made his to go 1-up. At the final hole, a par-3, Nelson hit another splendid shot, this time with a 3-iron to just 10 feet away. Snead hit his shot just off the green. When Snead missed his shot, Nelson cozied his up to within inches for a tap-in.