37th PGA Championship





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146 qualified for match play, with 11 at 147 having a playoff for seven spots. Some notables who didn’t make it included Denny Shute (148), Jim Turnesa (151) and Chandler Harper (152).

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, Doug Ford scored a 4-and-3 victory over Cary Middlecoff in a match that was tightly fought for the first 27 holes. Even though Ford shot 66 in the morning round, Middlecoff took a 1-up lead on the strength of a 67. But in the afternoon, Ford came back and squared the match for the fourth time on the 26th hole with a birdie. He then birdied the 29th, 30th and 32nd holes to go 3-up, and sealed the contest with a par-4 at the 33rd hole. It was a Cinderella week for Ford, playing in his first PGA Championship and becoming the first player to win under that scenario since Tom Creavy in 1931. He was also the fourth player in PGA match-play history to win the Championship after winning medalist honors. Other players to achieve that feat were Walter Hagen (in 1926), Olin Dutra (in 1932), and Byron Nelson (in 1945). In 1927, Hagen shared medalist honors with Jim Turnesa.

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