1942 PGA Championship
|Dates||May 25–31, 1942|
|Location||Galloway Twp., New Jersey|
|Course(s)||Seaview Country Club|
|Organized by||PGA of America|
|Format||Match play - 5 rounds|
|Length||6,750 yards (6,172 m)|
32 to match play
|Cut||147 (+3), playoff|
|def. Jim Turnesa, 2 & 1|
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.
It was the first of Snead's seven major titles, and he began his service in the U.S. Navy immediately after the event. 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; 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.
- 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
|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
|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
Runyan did not advance in the eight-way playoff for the final five spots in the match play field.
Sunday, May 31, 1942
|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|
Final eight bracket
Final match scorecards
- 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.
- "Tournament Info for: 1942 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
- "Dudley leads with fine 66". Milwaukee Journal. United Press. May 26, 1942. p. 8. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
- Bartlett, Charles (June 1, 1942). "Snead beats Turnesa, 2 and 1, for P.G.A. title". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 21.
- Guenther, Jack (June 1, 1942). "Sam Snead finally wins a big one". St. Petersburg Times. United Press. p. 9. Retrieved April 30, 2013.