1934 PGA Championship

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1934 PGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates July 24–29, 1934
Location Williamsville, New York, U.S.
Course(s) Park Country Club
Organized by PGA of America
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Match play - 5 rounds
Statistics
Par 72[1]
Length 6,579 yards (6,016 m)[1]
Field 107 players,
32 to match play[1]
Cut 146 (+2), playoff
Prize fund $7,200[2]
Winner's share $1,000
Champion
United States Paul Runyan
def. Craig Wood, 38 holes
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Park CC is located in the US
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Park CC
Location in the United States
Park CC is located in New York
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Park CC
Location in New York

The 1934 PGA Championship was the 17th PGA Championship, held July 24–29 at Park Country Club in Williamsville, New York, a suburb northeast of Buffalo. Then a match play championship, Paul Runyan won the first of his two PGA Championship titles, defeating Craig Wood in 38 holes.[3][4][5]

Defending champion Gene Sarazen lost 4 & 3 in the second round to Al Watrous.[6]

Format[edit]

The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1934 called for 12 rounds (216 holes) in six days:[2]

  • Tuesday – 36-hole stroke play qualifier
    • defending champion Gene Sarazen and top 31 professionals advanced to match play
  • Wednesday – first round – 36 holes
  • Thursday – second round – 36 holes
  • Friday – quarterfinals – 36 holes
  • Saturday – semifinals – 36 holes
  • Sunday – final – 36 holes

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won Record Advanced to Finish
Tommy Armour  Scotland
 United States
1930 1–1 Second round T9
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922, 1923, 1933 1–1 Second round T9
Leo Diegel  United States 1928, 1929 0–1 First round T17
Walter Hagen  United States 1921, 1924,
1925, 1926, 1927
0–1 First round T17

Failed to qualify[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Tom Creavy  United States 1931 75 72 147 +3
Olin Dutra  United States 1932 78 75 153 +9

Source:[2][7]

Final results[edit]

Sunday, July 29, 1934

Place Player Country Money ($)
1 Paul Runyan  United States 1,000
2 Craig Wood  United States 500
T3 Gene Kunes  United States 250
Denny Shute  United States
T5 Bob Crowley  United States 200
Al Houghton  United States
Dick Metz  United States
Al Watrous  United States

Final eight bracket[edit]

Quarter-finals
July 27
Semi-finals
July 28
Finals
July 29
                 
Paul Runyan 1up
Dick Metz
Paul Runyan 4&2
Gene Kunes
Gene Kunes 4&3
Bob Crowley
Paul Runyan 38h
Craig Wood
Craig Wood 2&1
Al Watrous
Craig Wood 2&1
Denny Shute
Denny Shute 6&5
Al Houghton

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 4 4 3 4 4 3 5 3 5 5 3 4 4 4 4 4
United States Runyan 4 5 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 3 4 4 3 3 4 5 4 6
United States Wood 5 4 3 4 3 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 3 4 4 5 4 4
Leader R1 W1 W1 W1 W1 W2 W2 W2 W2 W1 W1 W1 W1

Afternoon

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 5 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 5 3 5 5 3 4 4 4 4 4
United States Runyan 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 3 4 5 3 3 4 4 4 4
United States Wood 4 5 4 4 4 3 4 2 5 3 3 5 3 4 5 4 3 4
Leader W1 R1 W1 W1 W1 W1 R1 R1

Extra holes

Hole  1   2 
Par 5 4
United States Runyan 4 4
United States Wood 4 5
Leader R1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Crowley paces qualifiers in P.G.A. tourney". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 25, 1934. p. 13. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Tournament Info for: 1934 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Paul Runyan, 93, Winner Of 29 Events on PGA Tour". The New York Times. March 19, 2002. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Runyan beats Wood on 38th for pro title". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 30, 1934. p. 14. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Bartlett, Charles (July 30, 1934). "Runyan takes PGA title at 38th hole 1 up". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 19. 
  6. ^ "Watrous' sub-par golf defeats Sarazen". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 27, 1934. p. 15. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ "How professional golfers scored in qualifying round". Chicago Daily Tribune. July 25, 1934. p. 18. 

External links[edit]

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