1923 PGA Championship

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1923 PGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates September 24–29, 1923
Location Pelham Manor, New York
Course(s) Pelham Country Club
Organized by PGA of America
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Match play - 6 rounds
Statistics
Par 74[1]
Length 6,419 yards (5,870 m)[1]
Field 64 players to match play
Prize fund $3,600[2]
Champion
United States Gene Sarazen
def. Walter Hagen, 38 holes
PelhamManor is located in the US
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Pelham
Manor
Location in the United States
Pelham CC  is located in New York
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Location in New York
Pelham CC  is located in New York City
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Location near New York City

The 1923 PGA Championship was the sixth PGA Championship, held September 24–29 in New York at Pelham Country Club in Pelham Manor, Westchester County. The field of 64 qualified by sectional tournaments, and competed in six rounds of match play, all at 36 holes[2] in a single-elimination tournament.[3][4][5][6][7]

In the final match on Saturday, defending champion Gene Sarazen met 1921 winner Walter Hagen, who had skipped the event the previous year.[8][9] Sarazen won in 38 holes for his second consecutive PGA Championship and the third of his seven major titles.

Even in strokes (77) and holes after the morning round, Sarazen was two up with three holes to play, but consecutive bogeys left them all square and the 36th hole was halved with par fours.[10] Both birdied the first extra hole with fours and the next was a driveable par four, a short downhill dogleg, and both went for the green. Hagen's tee shot was only twenty feet (6 m) from the cup but in a bunker, while Sarazen was in the rough and fifty feet (15 m) out. Hagen failed to exit the sand with his second shot, while Sarazen pitched to four feet (1.2 m) and sank it for a birdie to win.[10] Hagen rebounded and won the next four PGA Championships (19241927).

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won Record Advanced to Finish
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922 6–0 Champion 1
Walter Hagen  United States 1921 5–1 Finals 2
Jim Barnes  England 1916, 1919 3–1 Quarterfinals T5

Bracket 1[edit]

Round 1
September 24
Round 2
September 25
Round 3
September 26
Quarter-finals
September 27
               
Gene Sarazen 8&7
Lloyd Gullickson
Gene Sarazen 11&10
D. K. White
D. K. White 9&8
Carl Rocco
Gene Sarazen 3&2
Alec Campbell
Alec Campbell 4&3
Nick DeMane
Alec Campbell 4&3
Willie Klein
Willie Klein 4&3
Charles Rowe
Gene Sarazen 1 up
Jim Barnes
Jim Barnes 12&11
George Dernbach
Jim Barnes 12&11
John Cowan
John Cowan 9&8
Herbert Meyering
Jim Barnes 8&7
Cyril Walker
Cyril Walker 5&4
Willie Maguire
Cyril Walker 2&1
Harry Cooper
Harry Cooper 7&6
Alex Ellis, Jr.

Bracket 2[edit]

Round 1
September 24
Round 2
September 25
Round 3
September 26
Quarter-finals
September 27
               
Walter Hagen 4&3
George Griffin
Walter Hagen 10&9
Jack Elplick
Jack Elplick 4&2
Ralph Thomas
Walter Hagen 4&3
Johnny Golden
Johnny Golden 5&4
Wilbur Jack
Johnny Golden 1 up
Robert Barnett
Robert Barnett 5&4
Pat Doyle
Walter Hagen 5&4
Fred McLeod
Fred McLeod 7&6
Wiffy Cox
Fred McLeod 4&3
James Meehan
James Meehan 7&6
Austie Claeyssens
Fred McLeod 1 up
Clarence Hackney
Clarence Hackney 6&5
Al Hackbarth
Clarence Hackney 7&6
R. S. Miner
R. S. Miner 4&2
Jim Carberry

Bracket 3[edit]

Round 1
September 24
Round 2
September 25
Round 3
September 26
Quarter-finals
September 27
               
Bobby Cruickshank 2&1
Willie Leach
Bobby Cruickshank 7&5
Herbert Obendorf
Herbert Obendorf 5&4
George Underwood
Bobby Cruickshank 1 up
Ray Derr
Ray Derr 2&1
Charles Hoffner
Ray Derr 5&4
Frank Coltart
Frank Coltart 1 up
John Edmundson
Bobby Cruickshank 39h
Willie Macfarlane
Willie Macfarlane 6&5
George Stark
Willie Macfarlane 3&2
Wilfrid Reid
Wilfrid Reid 4&2
Louis Chiapetta
Willie Macfarlane 5&4
Jack Stait
Jack Stait 7&6
Harry Ellis
Jack Stait 1 up
Jack Forrester
Jack Forrester 6&4
Herbert Nicoll

Bracket 4[edit]

Round 1
September 24
Round 2
September 25
Round 3
September 26
Quarter-finals
September 27
               
George McLean Def.
Dave Stevens
George McLean 6&4
Jimmie Donaldson
Jimmie Donaldson Def.
Eddie Loos
George McLean 38h
Willie Ogg
Willie Ogg 2&1
Fred Baroni
Willie Ogg 12&11
Carl Anderson
Carl Anderson 37h
Stuart Sanderson
George McLean 5&4
Joe Kirkwood, Sr.
Joe Kirkwood, Sr. 6&4
William Goebel
Joe Kirkwood, Sr. 1 up
James West
James West 5&3
Alex Gerard
Joe Kirkwood, Sr. 1 up
Johnny Farrell
Johnny Farrell 1 up
Dave McKay
Johnny Farrell 4&3
Willie Hunter
Willie Hunter 2&1
Al Watrous

Final four[edit]

Semi-finals
Friday, September 28
Finals
Saturday, September 29
           
Gene Sarazen 7&5
Bobby Cruickshank
Gene Sarazen 38h
Walter Hagen
Walter Hagen 12&11
George McLean

Final match scorecards[edit]

Morning

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 5 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 5 5 4 3 5 4
United States Sarazen 4 5 5 3 4 5 4 5 4 3 4 4 6 5 5 3 5 3
United States Hagen 5 4 5 3 4 4 4 5 4 3 5 4 4 6 4 3 5 5
Leader S1 H1 H1 H1 H1 H1 H1 H1 H1 H1

Afternoon

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 5 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 5 5 4 3 5 4
United States Sarazen 5 4 4 3 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 5 4 4 6 4
United States Hagen 5 4 5 3 4 4 5 4 4 3 3 4 4 5 4 3 5 4
Leader S1 S1 S2 S2 S3 S3 S3 S3 S2 S2 S2 S2 S2 S1

Extra holes

Hole  1   2 
Par 5 4
United States Sarazen 4 3
United States Hagen 4 4
Leader S1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Leading American Pro Meet in Play for Title". Lewiston Evening Journal. (Maine). September 24, 1923. p. 6. Retrieved April 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Tournament Info for: 1923 PGA Championship". PGA Media Guide. PGA of America. Retrieved April 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Favored Win in Pro Meet". Milwaukee Journal. September 25, 1923. p. 18. Retrieved April 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Kirkwood Feature Pelham Manor Golf". Lewiston Daily Sun. (Maine). September 26, 1923. p. 7. Retrieved April 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Sensational Golf in Pro. Tourney". Montreal Gazette. September 27, 1923. p. 14. Retrieved April 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Sarazen Eliminates Jim Barnes By Marvelous Golf Exhibition". Providence News. (Rhode Island). September 28, 1923. Retrieved April 7, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Sarazen And Hagen Are Golf Finalists". Lewiston Daily Sun. (Maine). September 29, 1923. p. 8. Retrieved April 7, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Sarazen Retains Golf Supremacy". Ludington Daily News. (Michigan). Associated Press. September 30, 1923. p. 5. Retrieved April 7, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Wee Gene and Hagen meet for pro title today". Chicago Daily Tribune. September 29, 1923. p. 13. 
  10. ^ a b c Fullerton, Hugh (September 30, 1923). "Sarazen wins against Hagen at 38th hole". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, sec. 1. 

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