1948 PGA Championship
|Dates||May 19–25, 1948|
|Location||St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|Course(s)||Norwood Hills Country Club|
|Organized by||PGA of America|
|Format||Match play - 6 rounds|
|Length||6,467 yards (5,913 m)|
64 to match play
|Cut||150 (+8), playoff|
|def. Mike Turnesa, 7 & 6|
The 1948 PGA Championship was the 30th PGA Championship, held May 19–25 at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri. Ben Hogan won the match play championship, 7 & 6 over Mike Turnesa in the Tuesday final; the winner's share was $3,500 and the runner-up's was $1,500.
It was Hogan's second and final PGA Championship victory and the second of his nine major titles; the first was a 6 & 4 win in 1946 at Portland, and the third came a few weeks later at the U.S. Open at Riviera. Following a near-fatal auto accident in early 1949, his debilitated condition did not agree with the grueling five-day schedule of 36 holes per day in summer heat. Hogan did not enter the PGA Championship again until 1960, its third year as a 72-hole stroke play event, at 18 holes per day.
Defending champion Jim Ferrier lost in the second round to semifinalist Claude Harmon, 1 up. Harmon defeated Sam Snead in 42 holes in the quarterfinals, but was stopped by Turnesa in 37 holes in the next round.
Hogan became only the second of four players in history to win the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship in the same calendar year. He was preceded by Gene Sarazen in 1922 and followed by Jack Nicklaus in 1980. Through 2016, Tiger Woods is the last to win both, in 2000, part of his Tiger Slam of four consecutive majors.
- Wednesday and Thursday – 36-hole stroke play qualifier, 18 holes per day;
- defending champion Jim Ferrier 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
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||Record||Advanced to||Finish|
|Ben Hogan||United States||1946||6–0||Champion||1|
|Sam Snead||United States||1942||3–1||Quarterfinals||T5|
|Gene Sarazen||United States||1922, 1923, 1933||2–1||Third round||T9|
|Jim Ferrier||Australia||1947||1–1||Second round||T17|
|Vic Ghezzi||United States||1941||0–1||First round||T33|
|Bob Hamilton||United States||1944||0–1||First round||T33|
Failed to qualify
|Player||Country||Year won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Johnny Revolta||United States||1935||77||74||151||+9|
|Denny Shute||United States||1936, 1937||79||72||151||+9|
Tuesday, May 25, 1948
|1||Ben Hogan||United States||3,500|
|2||Mike Turnesa||United States||1,500|
|T3||Jimmy Demaret||United States||750|
|Claude Harmon||United States|
|T5||Johnny Bulla||United States||500|
|George Fazio||United States|
|Chick Harbert||United States|
|Sam Snead||United States|
Final eight bracket
Final match scorecards
7 & 6
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- "Tournament Info for: 1948 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
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- "Hogan downs Turnesa for PGA crown, 7 and 6". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. May 26, 1948. p. 3-part 2.
- "Sarazen, Hogan third round foes". Miami Daily News. International News Service. May 22, 1948. p. 8-A.
- "36-hole PGA scores". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 21, 1948. p. 21.
- PGA Media Guide 2012
- About.com – 1948 PGA Championship
- PGA.com – 1948 PGA Championship – Hogan's Last Stand