1948 PGA Championship

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1948 PGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates May 19–25, 1948
Location St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Course(s) Norwood Hills Country Club
Organized by PGA of America
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Match play - 6 rounds
Par 71
Length 6,467 yards (5,913 m)[1]
Field 133 players,
64 to match play
Cut 150 (+8), playoff
Prize fund $17,700[2]
Winner's share $3,500
United States Ben Hogan
def. Mike Turnesa, 7 & 6
Norwood Hills Country Club is located in USA
Norwood Hills Country Club
Norwood Hills Country Club
Location in the United States
Norwood Hills Country Club is located in Missouri
Norwood Hills Country Club
Norwood Hills Country Club
Location in Missouri

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.[3]

It was Hogan's second and final PGA Championship victory and the second of his eight major titles; the third came a few weeks later at the U.S. Open. 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.[4] 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 2015, Tiger Woods is the last to win both, in 2000, part of his Tiger Slam of four consecutive majors.


The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1948 called for 12 rounds (216 holes) in seven days:[2]

  • 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[edit]

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[edit]

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


Final results[edit]

Tuesday, May 25, 1948

Place Player Country Money ($)
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[edit]

May 23
May 24
May 25
Ben Hogan 2&1
Chick Harbert
Ben Hogan 2&1
Jimmy Demaret
Jimmy Demaret 5&4
George Fazio
Ben Hogan 7&6
Mike Turnesa
Mike Turnesa 6&5
Johnny Bulla
Mike Turnesa 37h
Claude Harmon
Claude Harmon 42h
Sam Snead


  1. ^ "Alexander wins PGA qualifying medal with 134". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. May 21, 1948. p. 21. 
  2. ^ a b c "Tournament Info for: 1948 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Hogan downs Turnesa for PGA crown, 7 and 6". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. May 26, 1948. p. 3-part 2. 
  4. ^ "Sarazen, Hogan third round foes". Miami Daily News. International News Service. May 22, 1948. p. 8-A. 
  5. ^ "36-hole PGA scores". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 21, 1948. p. 21. 

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Coordinates: 38°43′23″N 90°16′59″W / 38.723°N 90.283°W / 38.723; -90.283