1942 PGA Championship

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1942 PGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates May 25–31, 1942
Location Galloway Twp., New Jersey
Course(s) Seaview Country Club
Organized by PGA of America
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Match play - 5 rounds
Statistics
Par 72[1]
Length 6,750 yards (6,172 m)[1]
Field 102 players,[3]
32 to match play
Cut 147 (+3), playoff
Prize fund $7,550[2]
Winner's share $2,000
Champion
United States Sam Snead
def. Jim Turnesa, 2 & 1
Atlantic City  is located in the US
Atlantic City 
Atlantic City 
Location in the United States
Seaview CC  is located in New Jersey
Seaview CC 
Seaview CC 
Location in New Jersey

The 1942 PGA Championship was the 25th PGA Championship, held May 25–31 at Seaview Country Club in Galloway Township, New Jersey, just north of Atlantic City. Then a match play championship, Sam Snead won 2 & 1 in the final over Jim Turnesa.[4]

It was the first of Snead's seven major titles, and he began his service in the U.S. Navy immediately after the event.[5] Turnesa, from a large family of professional golfers, won the PGA Championship in 1952. He was serving in the U.S. Army and had defeated the other pre-tournament favorites, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, in the quarterfinals and semifinals.

Due to World War II, this was the second and final major of the year, following the Masters. None of the majors were played in 1943; the PGA Championship returned in 1944 and the other three in 1946. The field for this PGA Championship was reduced from prior years, with 32 advancing to match play, and all five rounds at 36 holes per match. This format was continued for 1944 and 1945, then returned to the pre-war match play field of 64 in 1946.

In the three previous years, Nelson had advanced to the finals, but was defeated in the 1942 semifinals by Turnesa in 37 holes. Nelson returned to the finals at the next two editions for five finals in six PGA Championships; he won two, in 1940 and 1945. Prior to his match with Nelson, Turnesa defeated Hogan 2 and 1 in the quarterfinals;[1] after the war, Hogan won the title in 1946 and 1948.

Defending champion Vic Ghezzi, a New Jersey native, lost 4 & 3 in the first round to Jimmy Demaret, who fell 3 & 2 to Snead in the semifinals. Harry Cooper was the medalist in the stroke play qualifier at 138 (–6), but lost to Nelson in the quarterfinals on the third extra hole.

The golf course, now known as the Bay Course of the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, was designed in 1914 by Donald Ross. It hosts an annual event on the LPGA Tour, the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Format[edit]

The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1942 called for 12 rounds (216 holes) in seven days:[2]

  • Monday and Tuesday – 36-hole stroke play qualifier, 18 holes per day, field of 102 players;
    • the top 31 professionals advanced to match play, joining defending champion Vic Ghezzi
  • 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
Byron Nelson  United States 1940 3–1 Semifinals T3
Vic Ghezzi  United States 1941 0–1 First round T17
Denny Shute  United States 1936, 1937 0–1 First round T17

Failed to qualify[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Paul Runyan  United States 1934, 1938 73 74 147 +3
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922, 1923, 1933 69 80 149 +5
Johnny Revolta  United States 1935 73 77 150 +6
Leo Diegel  United States 1928, 1929 77 78 155 +11
Walter Hagen  United States 1921, 1924,
1925, 1926, 1927
79 77 156 +12

Runyan did not advance in the eight-way playoff for the final five spots in the match play field.
Source:[2]

Final results[edit]

Sunday, May 31, 1942

Place Player Country Money ($)
1 Sam Snead  United States 2,000
2 Jim Turnesa  United States 750
T3 Jimmy Demaret  United States 450
Byron Nelson  United States
T5 Harry Cooper  United States 300
Ed Dudley  United States
Ben Hogan  United States
Craig Wood  United States

Source:[5]

Final eight bracket[edit]

Quarter-finals
May 29
Semi-finals
May 30
Finals
May 31
                 
Sam Snead 1up
Ed Dudley
Sam Snead 3&2
Jimmy Demaret
Jimmy Demaret 7&6
Craig Wood
Sam Snead 2&1
Jim Turnesa
Jim Turnesa 2&1
Ben Hogan
Jim Turnesa 37h
Byron Nelson
Byron Nelson 39h
Harry Cooper

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 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 5 3 4 4 4 5 3 4
United States Snead 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 5 3 5
United States Turnesa 4 3 5 4 3 4 3 3 5 4 5 3 3 4 5 4 3 5
Leader T1 S1 T1 T1 T2 T1 T2 T3 T3 T2 T3 T3 T3

Afternoon

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 5 3 4 4 4 5 3 4
United States Snead 4 6 4 4 4 4 3 3 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 2
United States Turnesa 5 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 2
Leader T2 T3 T3 T3 T3 T2 T2 T1 S1 S1 S2 S2 S2 S2 S2 S2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Fraley, Oscar (May 25, 1942). "Nelson, Hogan and Snead rated top favorites in field of over 100". Miami Daily News. United Press. p. 2-B. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Tournament Info for: 1942 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Dudley leads with fine 66". Milwaukee Journal. United Press. May 26, 1942. p. 8. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Bartlett, Charles (June 1, 1942). "Snead beats Turnesa, 2 and 1, for P.G.A. title". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 21. 
  5. ^ a b Guenther, Jack (June 1, 1942). "Sam Snead finally wins a big one". St. Petersburg Times. United Press. p. 9. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 

External links[edit]

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