24th PGA Championship
A 36-hole qualifying round to get into match play was conducted the Monday and Tuesday before the Championship. Defending PGA Champion Byron Nelson was exempt and 63 qualified for the field. Sam Snead was low qualifier with 138. A score of 153 qualified for match play, with three players at 154 having a playoff for two spots.
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, Vic Ghezzi dethroned Nelson in an extra-hole match that had one of the most bizarre finishes ever. Ghezzi was 3-down after the 27th hole, but squared the match by winning the first three holes on the final nine. The match was square for the fourth time when Ghezzi made bogey at the par-5 35th hole. On the final hole, both missed the green with their second shots. Nelson pitched up to within 15 feet, while Ghezzi chipped his ball four feet away. When Nelson missed his putt, Ghezzi had a shot at ending the contest, but instead lost almost everything, as he missed the match-winning putt.
At the 37th hole, Ghezzi had another chance to win the match with a 10-footer for birdie, but missed. On the next hole, both missed the green with their second shots and chipped up to within three feet. They were so close that even the referee couldn’t determine who would putt first, so they flipped a coin. Nelson won the toss, but missed his putt. Ghezzi had another chance at victory, and he almost didn’t take advantage, as the ball barely slithered in the side door for a 1-up victory.