1938 PGA Championship

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1938 PGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates July 10–16, 1938
Location Smithfield Township,
Pennsylvania, U.S.
Course(s) Shawnee Country Club
Organized by PGA of America
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Match play - 6 rounds
Statistics
Par 72[1]
Length 6,656 yards (6,086 m)
Field 107 players,[1]
64 to match play
Cut 151 (+7), playoff
Prize fund $10,000[2]
Winner's share $1,100
Champion
United States Paul Runyan
def. Sam Snead, 8 & 7
Shawnee CC is located in the US
Shawnee CC
Shawnee CC
Location in the United States
Shawnee CC  is located in Pennsylvania
Shawnee CC 
Shawnee CC 
Location in Pennsylvania

The 1938 PGA Championship was the 21st PGA Championship, held July 10–16 at Shawnee Country Club in Smithfield Township, Pennsylvania.

Then a match play championship, Paul Runyan won his second PGA Championship, defeating the favored Sam Snead 8 & 7.[3] Nicknamed "Little Poison," Runyan was one of the shorter hitters on tour, while Snead was one of the longest. Runyan was five holes up after the morning round, then needed just eleven holes to finish off Snead, the largest victory margin ever in the match play finals of the PGA Championship.[4] Snead won only one of the 29 holes, the 24th, which Runyan bogeyed. Runyan's victory four years earlier in 1934 took 38 holes to decide.

Two-time defending champion Denny Shute lost in the third round to semifinalist Jimmy Hines.

The course, now The Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort, is on an island in the Delaware River, east of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

Format[edit]

The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1938 called for 12 rounds (216 holes) in seven days:[2]

  • Sunday and Monday – 36-hole stroke play qualifier, 18 holes per day;
    • defending champion Denny Shute and top 63 professionals advanced to match play[5]
  • Tuesday – first two rounds, 18 holes each
  • Wednesday – third 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
Paul Runyan  United States 1934 6–0 Champion 1
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922, 1923, 1933 3–1 Quarterfinals T5
Denny Shute  United States 1936, 1937 2–1 Third round T9
Leo Diegel  United States 1928, 1929 1–1 Second round T17
Johnny Revolta  United States 1935 1–1 Second round T17

Final results[edit]

Saturday, July 16, 1938

Place Player Country Money ($)
1 Paul Runyan  United States 1,100
2 Sam Snead  United States 600
T3 Jimmy Hines  United States 350
Henry Picard  United States
T5 Jim Foulis  United States 250
Byron Nelson  United States
Gene Sarazen  United States
Horton Smith  United States

Source:[3]

Final eight bracket[edit]

Quarter-finals
July 14
Semi-finals
July 15
Finals
July 16
                 
Paul Runyan 4&3
Horton Smith
Paul Runyan 4&3
Henry Picard
Henry Picard 3&2
Gene Sarazen
Paul Runyan 8&7
Sam Snead
Sam Snead 8&7
Jim Foulis
Sam Snead 1up
Jimmy Hines
Jimmy Hines 2&1
Byron Nelson

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 4 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 3
United States Runyan 4 4 4 3 3 4 5 4 4 5 3 2 4 4 4 3 4 3
United States Snead 4 4 5 3 3 4 5 4 5 5 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 3
Leader R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 R2 R2 R3 R4 R4 R4 R5 R5 R5 R5

Afternoon

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 3
United States Runyan 4 3 4 4 3 5 5 3 4 4 4 Runyan wins
8 & 7
United States Snead 4 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 4 5 4
Leader R5 R6 R7 R7 R7 R6 R6 R7 R7 R8 R8

Video[edit]

  • You Tube – 1938 PGA Championship final

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Frank Moore wins qualifying medal". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. July 12, 1938. p. 13. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Tournament Info for: 1938 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Bartlett, Charles (July 17, 1938). "Runyan crushes Snead 8-and-7 for PGA title". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2. 
  4. ^ McLemore, Henry (July 17, 1938). "Runyan trounces Snead 8-7, for P.G.A. title". Miami News. United Press. p. 1C. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ Bartlett, Charles (July 12, 1938). "Moore leads pro qualifiers with 136; match play today". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 17. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°00′18″N 75°06′54″W / 41.005°N 75.115°W / 41.005; -75.115