28th PGA Championship





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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 players qualified. Jim Ferrier was low qualifier with a record 134, which included a 63 in the second 18. A score of 149 qualified for match play, with three players at 150 having a playoff for two spots. With World War II over, all of the best professional golfers participated in the Championship.

The first and second rounds were 18 holes each, played in one day, with the remaining matches being played at 36 holes.

The finals had the lightest competitor in the field, Hogan at 135 pounds, squaring off with one of the heaviest competitors, Oliver at 220 pounds. Hogan got the best of the match, defeating Oliver, 6 and 4. In the morning round Hogan had troubles with his putting and found himself 3-down, but with a 30 on the front nine of the afternoon round he took control of the match, going into the final nine 2-up. Hogan wrapped things up when he won four of the final five holes, making birdies on three of them, concluding the match on the 32nd hole with a birdie 3. For the day, Hogan was 7-under-par, playing the afternoon 14 holes in 8-under-par.

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