History

1922: "The Squire" comes of age

Champion: Tommy Armour, Detroit, Mich.
Site: Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pa.
Date: Aug. 12-18
Purse: $2,580
Par: 36-35 - 71

Defending champion Walter Hagen skipped the PGA Championship due to a heavy schedule of exhibition engagements, allowing Gene Sarazen to step into history. The 20-year-old proved he was a player worthy of acclaim, downing former champion Jock Hutchison Sr. for the second consecutive year. Sarazen trailed the quarterfinal round most of the morning and early afternoon, before closing out Hutchison on the 35th hole, 3 and 1. Sarazen then downed Bobby Cruickshank 3 and 2, before dispatching Emmett French in the finals 4 and 3. Sarazen became the youngest winner in PGA Championship history. Sarazen also became the first player to win the PGA Championship and U.S. Open Championship in the same year. Sarazen won the Open Championship a month earlier at Skokie Country Club in Glencoe, Illinois.

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