32nd PGA Championship
A 36-hole qualifying round to get into match play was conducted the Wednesday and Thursday before the Championship. Even though he didn’t have to qualify, defending Champion Sam Snead was the low qualifier of 64 players with a 140. A score of 152 qualified for match play, with seven players at 153 having a playoff for three spots. Some notables who didn’t qualify included Lawson Little (153), Jack Grout (154), Dutch Harrison (155), Mike Turnesa (155), Ed Oliver (155), Joe Creavy (159), Tony Manero (162) and Jimmy Thomson (WD).
The first and second rounds were 18 holes each, played in one day, with the remaining matches being played at 36 holes.
Harper turned back Williams, 4 and 3, in one of the sloppiest finals ever played in the PGA Championship. Despite shooting a 75 in the morning round, Harper was 3-up as Williams shot 41-38 for a 79. In Williams’ first 11 holes, he hit only one green in regulation and was in five bunkers. Before the conclusion of the match, Williams had been in nine bunkers, but despite the problems in the morning round, he regrouped in the afternoon and was even par on the front side. Going into the final nine, Williams was still 3-down, and a bogey at the 30th hole just about sealed the contest. Harper won the match on the 33rd hole, to become the second Virginian in a row to win the PGA Championship.