1921: The reign of The Haig begins

Champion: Walter Hagen, Rochester, N.Y.
Site: Inwood Country Club, Far Rockaway, N.Y.
Date: Sept. 26 - Oct. 1
Purse: $2,580

Miserable weather battered the field in the PGA Championship, but two stars emerged from a soggy week - a little-known 19-year-old former caddie named Gene Sarazen and a polished veteran, Walter Hagen. It was Sarazen stealing most of the headlines early in the week, upsetting defending PGA Champion and newly-crowned British Open Champion Jock Hutchison Sr. in the second round. Sarazen had Hutchison eight holes down after the morning 18-hole round, firing a 69. Sarazen went on to win 8 and 6, recording the first of a record 57 match-play victories in the Championship.

Sarazen's victory celebration was short-lived. He fell to Cyril Walker in the quarterfinals, 4 and 2. In the semifinals, former champion Jim Barnes was 2-up on Emmett French before a torrential downpour hit the course. The match was resumed the following day. Hagen offered to postpone his semifinal duel with Walker, but Walker refused, and Hagen went on to win 5 and 4. Both Barnes and Hagen were at the peak of their games. Barnes had four sub-70 rounds in his previous four matches, but was unable to contain Hagen. Hagen grabbed a 1-up advantage after the morning round and putted spectacularly in the afternoon to take a 4-up lead. He closed the match on the 34th hole, winning 3 and 2. It was the first of Hagen's five PGA Championships.

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