34th PGA Championship
A 36-hole qualifying round to get into match play was conducted the Wednesday and Thursday before the Championship. Defending champion Sam Snead was exempt from qualifying, and Dutch Harrison was low qualifier with a 136. A score of 146 qualified for match play, with 12 at 147 having a playoff for nine spots. Some notable players who didn’t make the cut included Jimmy Thomson (150) and Ed Oliver (WD).
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, Jim Turnesa finally settled a 26-year-old family jinx by beating Chick Harbert on the final green for a 1-up victory. Turnesa is a member of a family with seven golfing brothers. His younger brother, Willie, the only one to remain an amateur, gained attention by winning the U.S. and British Amateurs. But for the other brothers who turned professional, the only tournament success they gained was that of being bridesmaids, but never brides. In 1926, Joe Turnesa was runner-up to Bobby Jones in the U.S. Open, and in 1927, lost in the finals of the PGA Championship to Walter Hagen. Jim Turnesa lost the 1942 PGA Championship to Sam Snead in the finals, and brother Mike lost the 1940 PGA Championship to Ben Hogan.