1947 PGA Championship

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1947 PGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates June 18–24, 1947
Location Southfield, Michigan, U.S.
Course(s) Plum Hollow Country Club
Organized by PGA of America
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Match play - 6 rounds
Statistics
Par 72
Length 6,922 yards (6,329 m)[1]
Field 141 players,[3]
64 to match play
Cut 149 (+5), playoff
Prize fund $17,700 [2]
Winner's share $3,500
Champion
Australia Jim Ferrier
def. Chick Harbert, 2 & 1
Plum Hollow Country Club is located in the US
Plum Hollow Country Club
Plum Hollow 
Country Club
Location in the United States
Plum Hollow Country Club is located in Michigan
Plum Hollow Country Club
Plum Hollow 
Country Club
Location in Michigan

The 1947 PGA Championship was the 29th PGA Championship, held June 18–24 at Plum Hollow Country Club in Southfield, Michigan, a suburb northwest of Detroit. Jim Ferrier won the match play championship, 2 & 1 over Chick Harbert in the Tuesday final; the winner's share was $3,500 and the runner-up's was $1,500.[4] The match was tied after the first round,[5] and again after 22 holes. Ferrier won the next three and local resident Harbert could get no closer than two holes down for the rest of the match.[6] It was the only major title for Ferrier, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Australia.

Defending champion Ben Hogan was defeated 3 & 1 in the first round by Toney Penna, who was seven-under for the 17 holes, but then lost in the next round.[7][8] Jimmy Demaret earned $250 as the medalist in the stroke play qualifier at 137 (–7),[9] but was also eliminated in the first round. Sam Snead lost in the second round to three-time champion Gene Sarazen.[8] Hogan regained the title the next year.

The last three majors were held within several weeks in 1947: the U.S. Open was concluded several days earlier in St. Louis, Missouri. Lew Worsham defeated Sam Snead by a stroke in an 18-hole playoff on Sunday, June 15. The British Open was played the first week of July in England.

This was the first PGA Championship scheduled to conclude on Tuesday, which continued through 1956. Two-time champion Byron Nelson did not compete; his final PGA Championship was the previous year.

Format[edit]

The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1947 called for 12 rounds (216 holes) in seven days:[2]

  • Wednesday and Thursday – 36-hole stroke play qualifier, 18 holes per day;
    • defending champion Ben Hogan and top 63 professionals advanced to match play
  • Friday – first two rounds, 18 holes each
  • Saturday – third round – 36 holes
  • Sunday – quarterfinals – 36 holes
  • Monday – semifinals – 36 holes
  • Tuesday – final – 36 holes

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won Record Advanced to Finish
Vic Ghezzi  United States 1941 4–1 Semifinals T3
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922, 1923, 1933 2–1 Third round T9
Sam Snead  United States 1942 1–1 Second round T17
Bob Hamilton  United States 1944 0–1 First round T33
Ben Hogan  United States 1946 0–1 First round T33
Johnny Revolta  United States 1935 0–1 First round T33

Failed to qualify[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Paul Runyan  United States 1934, 1938 76 73 149 +5
Denny Shute  United States 1936, 1937 76 75 151 +7

Runyan did not advance in the eleven-way playoff for the one final spot in the match play field.
Source:[2][9][10]

Final results[edit]

Tuesday, June 24, 1947

Place Player Country Money ($)
1 Jim Ferrier  Australia 3,500
2 Chick Harbert  United States 1,500
T3 Art Bell  United States 750
Vic Ghezzi  United States
T5 Leland Gibson  United States 500
Ky Laffoon  United States
Lloyd Mangrum  United States
Lew Worsham  United States

Final eight bracket[edit]

Quarter-finals
June 22
Semi-finals
June 23
Finals
June 24
                 
Jim Ferrier 4&3
Lloyd Mangrum
Jim Ferrier 10&9
Art Bell
Art Bell 2up
Ky Laffoon
Jim Ferrier 2&1
Chick Harbert
Chick Harbert 2up
Leland Gibson
Chick Harbert 6&5
Vic Ghezzi
Vic Ghezzi 3&2
Lew Worsham

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 5 3 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 3 4 4 5 5
Australia Ferrier 5 3 3 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 3 3 5 3 5 4 5 4
United States Harbert 4 2 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 3 3 5 5 4
Leader H1 H2 H1 H1 H1 H1 H1 H1 F1 H1

Afternoon

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 5 3 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 3 4 4 5 5
Australia Ferrier 4 3 3 5 2 4 4 4 3 4 3 3 4 3 4 5 5
United States Harbert 4 3 4 4 3 6 5 4 3 4 3 2 5 3 4 4 5
Leader F1 F1 F2 F3 F3 F3 F3 F3 F2 F3 F3 F3 F2 F2

Source:[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hogan late arrival for PGA tournament". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 18, 1947. p. 15. 
  2. ^ a b c "Tournament Info for: 1947 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Clarence Doser leads PGA qualifiers with 67". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. United Press. June 19, 1947. p. 15. 
  4. ^ "Ferrier defeats Harbert in PGA final round, 2-1". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 25, 1947. p. 15. 
  5. ^ a b "Harbert, Ferrier are even after first 18 holes of P.G.A. title match". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. June 24, 1947. p. 13. 
  6. ^ a b Bartlett, Charles (June 25, 1947). "Ferrier's putting wins P.G.A. title, 2 and 1". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 29. 
  7. ^ Bartlett, Charles (June 21, 1947). "Sarazen wins twice in day of P.G.A. upsets". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 17. 
  8. ^ a b "Worsham moves into third round of PGA play". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 21, 1947. p. 11. 
  9. ^ a b "Demaret sets pace in PGA meet". Palm Beach Post. Associated Press. June 20, 1947. p. 11. 
  10. ^ "Jim Demaret posts 69 score today to lead P.G.A. qualifying with 137". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. June 19, 1947. p. 18. 

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Coordinates: 42°27′04″N 83°15′43″W / 42.451°N 83.262°W / 42.451; -83.262