1926 PGA Championship
|Dates||September 20–25, 1926|
|Location||East Meadow, New York|
|Course(s)||Salisbury Golf Club|
|Organized by||PGA of America|
|Format||Match play - 5 rounds|
32 to match play
|Cut||155 (+11), playoff|
|def. Leo Diegel, 5 & 3|
The 1926 PGA Championship was the ninth PGA Championship, held September 20–25 at Salisbury Golf Club on Long Island in East Meadow, New York. Then a match play championship, Walter Hagen defeated Leo Diegel 5 & 3 in the finals to win his third consecutive PGA Championship, his fourth overall, and the eighth of his eleven major titles.
The victory ran Hagen's match record at the PGA Championship in the 1920s to 25–1 (.962), falling only to Gene Sarazen in 38 holes in the 1923 finals. With his third consecutive title, his winning streak stood at fifteen matches. Hagen was also the medalist in the 36-hole qualifier on Monday at 140 (–4). Through 2013, he remains the only winner of three consecutive PGA Championships.
Hagen won the following year in 1927 for his fourth consecutive title, but Diegel stopped the streak in 1928 and repeated in 1929. In both years, Diegel defeated both Hagen and Gene Sarazen, the only winners of the title from 1921 through 1927, in the quarterfinals and semifinals. Hagen had previously stopped Diegel in the 1925 quarterfinals in 40 holes.
Devereux Emmet designed the course in 1914. The 90-hole Salisbury Golf Club ran into financial difficulty during the 1930s and its land was acquired by Nassau County. Originally "Nassau County Park at Salisbury" in 1944, it was renamed Eisenhower Park in 1969. The 1926 venue presently exists as the Red Course; it hosted the Commerce Bank Championship on the Champions Tour as recently as 2008. Eisenhower Park also includes two additional 18-hole courses, Blue and White.
- 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
|Player||Country||Years won||Record||Advanced to||Finish|
|Walter Hagen||United States||1921, 1924, 1925||5–0||Champion||1|
|Gene Sarazen||United States||1922, 1923||1–1||Second round||T9|
|Jim Barnes||England||1916, 1919||0–1||First round||T17|
Saturday, September 25, 1926
|1||Walter Hagen||United States|
|2||Leo Diegel||United States|
|T3||Johnny Farrell||United States|
|Johnny Golden||United States|
|T5||George Christ||United States|
|Abe Espinosa||United States|
|Harry Hampton||United States|
Final eight bracket
- "Tournament Info for: 1926 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
- Rice, Lester (September 21, 1926). "Hagen with 140 tops pro golf qualifying rounds". Milwaukee Sentinel. Universal Service. p. 12.
- Vischer, Peter (September 26, 1926). "Walter Hagen beats Diegel for pro title". Miami Daily News. New York World News Service. p. 15.
- PGA Media Guide 2012
- About.com – 1926 PGA Championship
- PGA.com – 1926 PGA Championship
- Nassau County: Eisenhower Park, Red Course