History

1919: "Long Jim" does it again

Champion: Jim Barnes, St. Louis, Mo.
Site: Engineers Country Club, Roslyn, Long Island, N.Y.
Date: Sept. 15-20
Purse: $2,580

America's involvement in World War I postponed the PGA Championship for two years. The Championship returned in 1919 at the Engineers Country Club in Roslyn, Long Island, New York. The script for the Championship finale was once again written by a native Englishman and Scot. Jim Barnes, at 6-foot-3, was the tallest player in the field and opponent Fred McLeod (5-foot-3) the shortest. The 1908 U.S. Open Champion from Carnoustie, Scotland, McLeod gained a 1-up advantage after nine holes. The advantage went to two holes before McLeod missed a 1 1/2-foot par putt on the 11th hole. He went on to lost six of the remaining seven holes to end the first 18 holes five down.

From there, nothing seemed to go right for the wee Scotsman. His long putts hung on the lip of the hole throughout the afternoon, and Barnes closed out the match by knocking home a 40-foot birdie putt on the 31st hole - a 6 and 5 victory. Barnes reached the Championship finals twice again (1921 and 1924), losing both times to Walter Hagen. McLeod managed to reach the quarterfinals twice - falling to Barnes in 1921 by an embarrassing 11 and 9 and to Hagen in 1923, 5 and 4.

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