33rd PGA Championship
A 36-hole qualifying round to get into match play was conducted the Wednesday and Thursday before the Championship. Chandler Harper, the defending PGA Champion, was exempt and 63 players qualified. Claude Harmon, Lloyd Mangrum and Pete Cooper were the low qualifiers with a 142. A score of 153 qualified for match play, with six players at 154 having a playoff for one spot. Notable players who didn’t make it into match play included Paul Runyan (154), Roberto De Vicenzo (158) and Jimmy Thomson (WD).
Oakmont Country Club, site of the 1922 PGA Championship, was the first venue to host a second Championship.
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, Snead completely dominated Burkemo as he cruised to a 7-and-6 victory. Snead won five of the first six holes, starting with an eagle, two birdies and three pars. These proved to be too much for Burkemo to overcome, even though a brief rally cut Snead’s lead to 3-up at lunch. When they started the afternoon round, Snead started fast again with birdies on the 19th and 22nd holes, giving him a 5-up lead. The match came to an end at the 30th hole. Snead’s secret in winning was his play on the front side, where he was 24-under. He played the 202 holes of the Championship in 21-under-par. Snead’s victory also marked the end of an era in which nine of the 18 PGA Champions won the Championship more than once. In the course of the next 19 years, until Jack Nicklaus broke the streak in 1971, 19 different winners would be crowned PGA Champion.