38th PGA Championship
Jack Burke Jr. overcame a two-hole deficit in the morning round at Blue Hill Golf & Country Club in Canton, Mass., to defeat Ted Kroll, 3 and 2, in the first PGA Championship featured a 128-player match play field. Burke’s rally in the afternoon half of the 36-hole finale came after falling 3-down on the 19th hole. But, he rallied by winning five of the next seven holes and posted a 32. With a 2-up lead going into the final nine, Burke claimed victory on the 34th hole, when Kroll bogeyed.
It was Burkes’ second major championship of the year, having captured the Masters that April. Kroll, who was awarded the Purple Heart during service in World War II, suffered his second disappointment in a major. He was in contention on the closing holes of the 1956 U.S. Open, only to see Cary Middlecoff take the title.