1939 PGA Championship
|Dates||July 9–15, 1939|
|Location||Queens, New York, U.S.|
|Course(s)||Pomonok Country Club|
|Organized by||PGA of America|
|Format||Match play - 6 rounds|
|Length||6,354 yards (5,810 m)|
64 to match play
|Cut||148 (+4), playoff|
|Prize fund||$10,600 |
|def. Byron Nelson, 37 holes|
The 1939 PGA Championship was the 22nd PGA Championship, held July 9–15 at Pomonok Country Club in Queens, New York. Then a match play championship, Henry Picard won his only PGA Championship, defeating Byron Nelson with a birdie at the 37th hole. It was the second of his two major titles; he won the Masters in 1938. Nelson won the U.S. Open three months earlier and the next PGA Championship in 1940. Beginning in 1939, he made five finals in six PGA Championships, and won his second title in 1945.
Picard had not trailed and led by two as late as the 26th hole, but the match was squared on the 29th green and Nelson led by one after 32 holes. Both birdied the par-5 33rd and Picard sank a curling putt from over twenty feet (6 m) for par to halve the 34th hole and stay one back. They halved the par-3 35th at par and both had birdie putts on the 36th green. Nelson missed his from ten feet (3 m) feet while Picard sank his from three to square up the match. On the extra hole, both again had birdie putts: Picard made his from ten feet while Nelson missed his from six.
- Sunday and Monday – 36-hole stroke play qualifier, 18 holes per day;
- defending champion and top 63 professionals advanced to match play
- 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
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||Record||Advanced to||Finish|
|Paul Runyan||United States||1934, 1938||3–1||Quarterfinals||T5|
|Johnny Revolta||United States||1935||2–1||Third round||T9|
|Denny Shute||United States||1936, 1937||2–1||Third round||T9|
|Leo Diegel||United States||1928, 1929||1–1||Second round||T17|
|Walter Hagen||United States||1921, 1924,
1925, 1926, 1927
|Gene Sarazen||United States||1922, 1923, 1933||0–1||First round||T33|
Failed to qualify
|Player||Country||Year won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Tom Creavy||United States||1931||153||+9|
Saturday. July 15, 1939
|1||Henry Picard||United States||1,100|
|2||Byron Nelson||United States||600|
|T3||Dutch Harrison||United States||350|
|Dick Metz||United States|
|T5||Emerick Kocsis||United States||250|
|Rod Munday||United States|
|Paul Runyan||United States|
|Horton Smith||United States|
Final eight bracket
Final match scorecards
- "Four aces smash par to lead meet as P.G.A. split widens to chasm". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. July 11, 1939. p. 13. Retrieved April 25, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Tournament Info for: 1939 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Archived from the original on February 27, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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- McLemore, Henry (July 16, 1939). "Picard P.G.A." Pittsburgh Press. United Press. p. 1, sports.
- Bartlett, Charles (July 15, 1939). "Picard to meet Nelson today for P.G.A. title". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 11.
- Boni, Bill (July 16, 1939). "Picard defeats Nelson on 37th for PGA title". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. p. 1-B.