35th PGA Championship
A 36-hole qualifying round to get into match play was conducted the Wednesday and Thursday before the Championship. Jim Turnesa, the defending Champion, was exempt from qualifying, and Johnny Palmer was low qualifier with a 134. A score of 148 qualified for match play, with seven at 149 having a playoff for four spots. Some notable players who didn’t make the cut included Horton Smith (150), Lawson Little (151), Toney Penna (156), Henry Picard (WD) and Bob Hamilton (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, over 10,000 people came to watch their new hero, Walter Burkemo, and they weren’t disappointed, as Burkemo defeated Felice Torza, 2 and 1. In the morning round, Burkemo shot a 1-over-par 72, but still held a 1-up lead over Torza’s 73. In the afternoon, Burkemo came out strong by starting his round with two birdies and a par to increase his lead to 2-up. Torza reduced the lead to 1-up on the back side with a bogey from Burkemo on the 29th hole, but his bogey at the 31st hole gave it back. Burkemo made bogeys at the 32nd and 34th holes to let Torza get within two holes, but with a par at the 35th hole, he closed out the match.