History

1916: A grand tradition unfolds

Champion: Jim Barnes
Site: Siwanoy Country Club, Bronxville, N.Y.
Date: Oct. 9-14
Purse: $2,580

The PGA Championship was christened at 9 a.m., October 10, 1916 at Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, New York. Tom Kerrigan, Siwanoy's host professional stepped to the tee and split the fairway with his drive. Kerrigan's opponent in the 36-hole match-play format event was Charles Adams of Santa Barbara, California. Even though Adams was killed in his long game, he suffered on the greens. Kerrigan triumphed on familiar turf, winning 6 and 4.

Kerrigan went on to fall to "Long Jim" Barnes, a native of Cornwall, England, and resident of Philadelphia, 3 and 1, in the quarterfinals. Barnes then met Jock Hutchison Sr., a native of St. Andrews, Scotland, in the finals. The match went the distance, coming down to a pair of five-foot putts on the par-4 36th hold. After a measurement, it was decided Hutchison was away. He missed his putt, and Barnes coolly rapped him home for a 1-up victory, becoming the first to have his name engraved on the Rodman Wanamaker Trophy.

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