1940 PGA Championship
|Dates||August 26 –
September 2, 1940
|Location||Hershey, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Course(s)||Hershey Country Club|
|Organized by||PGA of America|
|Format||Match play - 6 rounds|
|Length||7,017 yards (6,416 m)|
64 to match play
|Cut||154 (+8), playoff|
|def. Sam Snead, 1 up|
The 1940 PGA Championship was the 23rd PGA Championship, held August 26 to September 2 at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pennsylvania, east of Harrisburg. Then a match play championship, Byron Nelson won his first PGA Championship, defeating Sam Snead 1 up in the 36-hole final. It was the fourth of Nelson's five major titles; he won the PGA Championship again in 1945. From 1939 to 1945, Nelson made five of the six finals, missing only in 1942 (not held in 1943).
Defending champion and host professional Henry Picard lost in the third round to Gene Sarazen. Also out in the third round was five-time champion Walter Hagen, age 47, in his last PGA Championship match. He gained his last win in the second round over Vic Ghezzi, the champion the following year in 1941. Hagen ended his career with a 40–10 (.800) match record in the event. He played one last time at age 49 in the qualifier in 1942, but did not advance to match play.
Dick Metz was the medalist in the stroke play qualifier at 140 (–6); he lost 2 & 1 in the third round to Nelson. Two-time champion Denny Shute qualified at 151, but was rushed to a local hospital for an emergency appendectomy that night.
- Monday and Tuesday – 36-hole stroke play qualifier, 18 holes per day;
- defending champion and top 63 professionals advanced to match play
- Wednesday – first two rounds, 18 holes each
- Thursday – third round – 36 holes
- Friday – quarterfinals – 36 holes
- Saturday – semifinals – 36 holes (finished on Sunday)
- Sunday – final – 36 holes (played on Monday)
Past champions in the field
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||Record||Advanced to||Finish|
|Paul Runyan||United States||1934, 1938||3–1||Quarterfinals||T5|
|Gene Sarazen||United States||1922, 1923, 1933||3–1||Quarterfinals||T5|
|Walter Hagen||United States||1921, 1924,
1925, 1926, 1927
|Henry Picard||United States||1939||2–1||Third round||T9|
|Johnny Revolta||United States||1935||0–1||First round||T33|
|Denny Shute||United States||1936, 1937||Withdrew after qualifying|
Failed to qualify
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Leo Diegel||United States||1928, 1929||78||77||155||+9|
|Jim Barnes||England||1916, 1919||157||+11|
|Tom Creavy||United States||1931||158||+12|
Monday, September 2, 1940
|1||Byron Nelson||United States||1,100|
|2||Sam Snead||United States||600|
|T3||Ralph Guldahl||United States||350|
|Jug McSpaden||United States|
|T5||Ben Hogan||United States||250|
|Eddie Kirk||United States|
|Paul Runyan||United States|
|Gene Sarazen||United States|
Final eight bracket
August 31 – September 1
Final match scorecards
- "Dough on the Line in PGA Golf Meet Now". The Telegraph-Herald. Dubuque, Iowa. United Press. August 28, 1940. p. 11. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
- "Tournament Info for: 1940 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
- Bartlett, Charles (September 3, 1940). "Nelson defeats Snead 1 up; wins national P.G.A. title". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 21.
- "P.G.A. tourney is washed out". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Florida. Associated Press. September 1, 1940. p. 6. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
- "Metz wins PGA medal with 140". St. Petersburg Times. Associated Press. August 28, 1940. p. 11.
- "Four district golf pros qualify". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. August 28, 1940. pp. 15,17.
- "Nelson beats Snead in PGA tourney final". Telegraph-Herald. Dubuque, Iowa. Associated Press. September 3, 1940. p. 7.