1946 PGA Championship
|Dates||August 19–25, 1946|
|Location||Portland, Oregon, U.S.|
|Course(s)||Portland Golf Club|
|Format||Match play - 6 rounds|
|Length||6,524 yards (5,966 m)|
64 to match play
|Cut||148 (+4), playoff|
|def. Ed Oliver, 6 & 4|
The 1946 PGA Championship was the 28th PGA Championship, held August 19–25 at Portland Golf Club outside Portland, Oregon. Ben Hogan won the match play championship, 6 & 4 over Ed Oliver in the final; the winner's share was $3,500 and the runner-up's was $1,500.
Hogan was three down after the first 18 holes in the morning, then rebounded in the afternoon. In the semifinals, Hogan defeated Jimmy Demaret 10 & 9 and Oliver beat Jug McSpaden 6 & 5. Oliver defeated defending champion Byron Nelson 1 up in the quarterfinals.
For Hogan, age 34, it was the first of his nine major titles. He won again in 1948, but following his near-fatal auto accident in early 1949, his debilitated condition did not agree with the grueling five-day schedule of 36 holes per day in summer heat. Hogan did not enter the PGA Championship again until 1960, its third year as a 72-hole stroke play event, at 18 holes per day.
In the quarterfinals, defending champion Byron Nelson bogeyed the final hole and lost 1 down to Oliver; it was Nelson's final appearance at the PGA Championship. The medalist for the stroke-play qualifying portion was Jim Ferrier, which included a 29 on the front nine of the second round, a record for a PGA event. He won the PGA Championship title the following year in 1947.
The Portland Golf Club hosted the Portland Open on the PGA Tour the previous two years; Sam Snead won in 1944 and Hogan in 1945. It also hosted the Ryder Cup in 1947, won by the U.S. team captained by Hogan.
This was the first "full field" at the PGA Championship since 1941, with a match play bracket of 64 competitors. Due to World War II, it had been reduced to 32 for 1942, 1944, and 1945, and not played in 1943.
- Monday and Tuesday – 36-hole stroke play qualifier, 18 holes per day;
- defending champion Byron Nelson and top 63 professionals advanced to match play
- Wednesday – first two rounds, 18 holes each
- Thursday – third round – 36 holes
- Friday – quarterfinals – 36 holes
- Saturday – semifinals – 36 holes
- Sunday – final – 36 holes
Past champions in the field
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||Record||Advanced to||Finish|
|Byron Nelson||United States||1940, 1945||3–1||Quarterfinals||T5|
|Vic Ghezzi||United States||1941||1–1||Second round||T17|
|Bob Hamilton||United States||1944||1–1||Second round||T17|
|Sam Snead||United States||1942||1–1||Second round||T17|
Sunday, August 25, 1946
|1||Ben Hogan||United States||3,500|
|2||Ed Oliver||United States||1,500|
|T3||Jimmy Demaret||United States||750|
|Harold "Jug" McSpaden||United States|
|T5||Chuck Congdon||United States||500|
|Frank Moore||United States|
|Byron Nelson||United States|
|Jim Turnesa||United States|
Final eight bracket
|Harold "Jug" McSpaden|
|Harold "Jug" McSpaden||5&3|
- "Harrison leads pro golf field". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. August 20, 1946. p. 13.
- "Tournament Info for: 1946 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
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- Strite, Dick (August 26, 1946). "Ben Hogan stages great comeback to take PGA title from Ed Oliver". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 2.
- Strite, Dick (August 25, 1946). "Porky Oliver, Ben Hogan PGA tourney finalists". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 21.
- "Oliver edges Nelson, winning 1-up". Pittsburgh Press. United Press. August 24, 1946. p. 8.
- "Ferrier blasts new golf mark". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. August 21, 1946. p. 10.
- "Jim Ferrier blasts marks in P.G.A. qualifying round". Pittsburg Press. United Press. August 21, 1946. p. 24.