1924 PGA Championship

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1924 PGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates September 15–20, 1924
Location French Lick, Indiana
Course(s) French Lick Springs Golf Club
Organized by PGA of America
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72 [1]
Length 6,471 yards (5,917 m)[2]
Field 32 to match play
Cut 150 (+6)
Prize fund $6,830[3]
Champion
United States Walter Hagen
def. Jim Barnes, 2 up
French LickSprings GC is located in the US
French LickSprings GC
French Lick
Springs GC
Location in the United States

The 1924 PGA Championship was the seventh PGA Championship, held September 15–20 at the French Lick Springs Golf Club in French Lick, Indiana. Walter Hagen, the 1921 champion, defeated Jim Barnes in the finals, 2 up.[4] It was the sixth of Hagen's eleven major titles.

The victory ran Hagen's match record at the PGA Championship in the 1920s to 15–1 (.938), falling only to Gene Sarazen in 38 holes in the 1923 finals. It was the first of Hagen's four consecutive PGA Championships; through 2013, no other player was won more than two consecutive titles. Barnes had won the first two titles in 1916 and 1919.

The field of 32 for match play was determined by the 36-hole stroke play qualifier on Monday, September 15.[2][3][5] All matches were 36 holes,[3] in a five-round single-elimination tournament.[6][7][8][9] Two-time defending champion Sarazen lost in the second round to semifinalist Larry Nabholtz, 2 & 1.[10]

Opened in 1917, the course was designed by Donald Ross. It is currently known as The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort,[11] and underwent a $4.5 million renovation in 2006.[12]

Format[edit]

The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1924 called for 12 rounds (216 holes) in six days:[3]

  • Monday - 36-hole stroke play qualifier
    • top 32 professionals advanced to match play
  • Tuesday - first round - 36 holes
  • Wednesday - second round - 36 holes
  • Thursday - quarterfinals - 36 holes
  • Friday - semifinals - 36 holes
  • Saturday - final - 36 holes

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won Record Advanced to Finish
Walter Hagen  United States 1921 5–0 Champion 1
Jim Barnes  England 1916, 1919 4–1 Finals 2
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922, 1923 1–1 Second round T9

Bracket 1[edit]

Round 1
September 16
Round 2
September 17
Quarter-finals
September 18
                 
Walter Hagen 6&5
Tom Harmon
Walter Hagen 4&3
Al Watrous
Al Watrous 3&1
George Aulbach
Walter Hagen 3&2
Johnny Farrell
Johnny Farrell 2&1
Neil Christian
Johnny Farrell 3&1
Willie Macfarlane
Willie Macfarlane 5&4
Dow George

Bracket 2[edit]

Round 1
September 16
Round 2
September 17
Quarter-finals
September 18
                 
Jim Barnes 39 h
Mike Brady
Jim Barnes 10&9
Eddie Towns
Eddie Towns 4&3
Jock Hutchison
Jim Barnes 6&4
Emmet French
Emmet French 6&4
Jack Robertson
Emmet French 3&1
Mortie Dutra
Mortie Dutra 3&1
Leo Diegel

Bracket 3[edit]

Round 1
September 16
Round 2
September 17
Quarter-finals
September 18
                 
Larry Nabholtz 2 up
Jack Forrester
Larry Nabholtz 2&1
Gene Sarazen
Gene Sarazen 5&4
Fred McLeod
Larry Nabholtz 5&4
Henry Ciuci
Henry Ciuci 4&2
Charles Hoffner
Henry Ciuci 4&2
Dan Williams
Dan Williams 6&4
Fred Baroni

Bracket 4[edit]

Round 1
September 16
Round 2
September 17
Quarter-finals
September 18
                 
Ray Derr 2 up
Harry Hampton
Ray Derr 37 h
Bobby Cruickshank
Bobby Cruickshank 7&5
Willie Ogg
Ray Derr 2&1
Al Espinosa
Al Espinosa 4&3
Arthur Ham
Al Espinosa 4&3
Francis Gallett
Francis Gallett 4&3
Bill Mehlhorn

Final four[edit]

Semi-finals
September 19
Finals
September 20
           
Walter Hagen 8&7
Ray Derr
Walter Hagen 2 up
Jim Barnes
Jim Barnes 1 up
Larry Nabholtz

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hagen-Barnes reach finals". Milwaukee Journal. September 20, 1924. p. 6. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Golf Pros In First Round Of Tourney". Rochester Evening Journal and Post Express. Rochester, New York. AP. September 16, 1924. p. 16. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Tournament Info for: 1921 PGA Championship". PGA Media Guide. PGA of America. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Walter Hagen Pro Champion". The Sunday Tribune. Providence, Rhode Island. AP. September 21, 1924. p. 4. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Farrell Leads in Pro Golf Tourney". Bridgeport Telegram. Bridgeport, Connecticut. September 16, 1924. p. 9. 
  6. ^ "Sixteen Left In Tourney For Pro Crown". Rochester Evening Journal and Post Express. Rochester, New York. AP. September 17, 1924. p. 15. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Bound To Be New Champ In Pro Golf With Sarazen Out". The Lewiston Daily Sun. Lewiston, Maine. AP. September 18, 1924. p. 9. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Hagen Will Meet Derr And Barnes Larry Nabholtz". The Spartanburg Herald. Spartanburg, South Carolina. AP. September 19, 1924. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Walter Hagen and Jim Barnes, Veterans of Golf, Meet Today for National Pro Championship". The Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. September 20, 1924. p. 17. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Gene Sarazen loses professional golf title". Milwaukee Journal. United News. September 18, 1924. p. 24. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  11. ^ "The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort". IndianaGolf.com. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Donald Ross Course in French Lick to Open in September". Inside Indiana Business. August 7, 2006. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°31′41″N 86°38′53″W / 38.528°N 86.648°W / 38.528; -86.648