36th PGA Championship

A 36-hole qualifying round to get into match play was conducted the Wednesday and Thursday before the Championship. Ed Oliver was low qualifier with a 136. There were exactly 63 players with totals of 147 or under and no playoffs were necessary. Some notables who didn’t make the cut included Chandler Harper (148), Lew Worsham (149), Johnny Revolta (149), Vic Ghezzi (150) and Felice Torza (151).

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, Harbert, who lost in the finals in 1947 and 1952, got a bit of revenge as he beat Burkemo, 4 and 3. Burkemo won three of the first four holes in his attempt to become the first repeating PGA Champion since Denny Shute in 1936-37. However, Harbert played the next 29 holes 8-under-par and let Burkemo win only one hole, as he completely dominated the match. Harbert took control of the contest with wedge shots landing within inches at the 19th and 20th holes, giving him a 3-up lead. As the match progressed, Burkemo had opportunities to cut the lead, but couldn’t seem to make the putts, and the match came to an end at the 33rd hole.

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