1958 PGA Championship

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1958 PGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates July 17–20, 1958
Location Havertown, Pennsylvania
Course(s) Llanerch Country Club
Organized by PGA of America
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Statistics
Par 70
Length 6,710 yards (6,136 m)
Field 161 players
93 after first cut
64 after second cut
Cut 154 (+14) (first cut)
228 (+18) (second cut)[2]
Prize fund $39,388[1]
Winner's share $5,500
Champion
United States Dow Finsterwald
276 (−4)
Llanerch CC is located in the US
Llanerch CC
Llanerch CC
Location in the United States
Llanerch CC is located in Pennsylvania
Llanerch CC
Llanerch CC
Location in Pennsylvania

The 1958 PGA Championship was the 40th PGA Championship, played July 17–20 at Llanerch Country Club in Havertown, Pennsylvania, a suburb west of Philadelphia. It was the first PGA Championship held in its current stroke play format,[3] 72 holes over four days, ending on Sunday. The previous editions were at match play, with the two most recent ones at seven rounds over five days, the final two rounds at 36 holes per match. The announcement of the change was made eight months earlier in November.[4][5]

Dow Finsterwald, the runner-up in 1957, shot a final round 67 to win his only major title, two shots ahead of runner-up Billy Casper. Finsterwald's round-by-round scores were 67-72-70-67=276, 4-under-par on the par-70 course.[6] Sam Snead led after 54 holes in pursuit of a fourth title, but faded to third with a final round 73 (+3).[7]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made both cuts[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Sam Snead  United States 1942, 1949, 1951 73 67 67 73 280 E 3
Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 1956 70 72 69 70 281 +1 4
Doug Ford  United States 1955 72 70 70 76 288 +8 T11
Walter Burkemo  United States 1953 76 73 66 76 291 +11 T16
Lionel Hebert  United States 1957 69 73 74 75 291 +11 T16
Vic Ghezzi  United States 1941 75 74 76 78 303 +23 T56

Source:[7]

Missed the second cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 Total To par
Chick Harbert  United States 1954 75 76 78 229 +19
Denny Shute  United States 1936, 1937 77 72 80 229 +19

Source:[8]

Missed the first cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Chandler Harper  United States 1950 78 78 156 +16
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922, 1923, 1933 78 78 156 +16
Jim Turnesa  United States 1952 78 78 156 +16

Source:[9]

Round summaries[edit]

Thursday, July 17, 1958

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Dow Finsterwald  United States 67 −3
2 Jay Hebert  United States 68 −2
T3 Jimmy Demaret  United States 69 −1
Lionel Hebert  United States
Ted Kroll  United States
Dick Mayer  United States
Felice Torza  Italy
 United States
T8 Jack Burke Jr.  United States 70 E
Bob Crowley  United States
T10 Leo Biagetti  United States 71 +1
Bill Collins  United States
Buster Cupit  United States
Cary Middlecoff  United States
Bob Rosburg  United States
Don Whitt  United States
Art Wall Jr.  United States

Source:[10]

Second round[edit]

Friday, July 18, 1958

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Dow Finsterwald  United States 67-72=139 −1
Jay Hebert  United States 68-71=139
T3 Julius Boros  United States 72-68=140 E
Billy Casper  United States 73-67=140
Sam Snead  United States 73-67=140
T6 Bill Collins  United States 71-70=141 +1
Felice Torza  Italy
 United States
69-72=141
T8 Tommy Bolt  United States 72-70=142 +2
Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 70-72=142
Doug Ford  United States 72-70=142
Lionel Hebert  United States 69-73=142

Source:[9]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, July 19, 1958

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Sam Snead  United States 73-67-67=207 −3
2 Billy Casper  United States 73-67-68=208 −2
3 Dow Finsterwald  United States 67-72-70=209 −1
4 Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 70-72-69=211 +1
T5 Doug Ford  United States 72-70-70=212 +2
Jay Hebert  United States 68-71-73=212
T7 Julius Boros  United States 72-68-73=213 +3
Mike Souchak  United States 75-69-69=213
T9 Buster Cupit  United States 71-74-69=214 +3
Dick Mayer  United States 75-69-69=214

Source:[8]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, July 20, 1958

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Dow Finsterwald  United States 67-72-70-67=276 −4 5,500
2 Billy Casper  United States 73-67-68-70=278 −2 3,500
3 Sam Snead  United States 73-67-67-73=280 E 2,400
4 Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 70-72-69-70=281 +1 2,000
T5 Tommy Bolt  United States 72-70-73-70=285 +5 1,600
Julius Boros  United States 72-68-73-72=285
Jay Hebert  United States 68-71-73-73=285
T8 Buster Cupit  United States 71-74-69-73=287 +7 1,300
Ed Oliver  United States 74-73-71-69=287
Mike Souchak  United States 75-69-69-74=287

Source:[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tournament Info for: 1958 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ Grimsley, Will (July 20, 1958). "Snead takes over PGA command; can become oldest man to win". St. Petersburg Independent. Florida. Associated Press. p. 10-A. 
  3. ^ Wind, Herbert Warren (August 4, 1958). "Items from a summer notebook". Sports Illustrated. p. 46. 
  4. ^ "Medal play in pro golf slated". Time-News. (Hendersonville, North Carolina). United Press. November 15, 1957. p. 8. 
  5. ^ "P.G.A. swings from match to medal play". Chicago Daily Tribune. November 15, 1957. p. 1, part 4. 
  6. ^ "Final Scores From PGA". The Salt Lake Tribune. July 21, 1958. p. 41. 
  7. ^ a b c "Finsterwald wins as Snead 'blows up'". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. July 21, 1958. p. 2, part 2. 
  8. ^ a b Bartlett, Charles (July 20, 1958). "Sam Snead fires 67 for 207; takes over PGA lead". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2. 
  9. ^ a b "2nd round PGA scores". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. July 19, 1959. p. 11. 
  10. ^ Gundelfinger, Phil (July 18, 1959). "Dow Finsterwald's 67 leads PGA tourney". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 15. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1958 Open Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1959 Masters

Coordinates: 39°58′12″N 75°18′50″W / 39.97°N 75.314°W / 39.97; -75.314