History

1924: One last chance for Long Jim

Champion: Walter Hagen, Rochester, N.Y.
Site: French Lick Springs Golf Club, French Lick, Ind.
Date: Sept. 15-20
Purse: $6,830

Jim Barnes, the first PGA Champion, got his chance to avenge a 1921 Championship defeat to Walter Hagen. But a balky putter spoiled the plans of the 38-year-old native of Cornwall, England. Barnes three-putted four greens in the morning round, falling four down before lunch. Barnes rallied to trim Hagen's lead to one hole in the afternoon, dropping a birdie putt on the 29th hole. The players each traded wins on the next two holes before Hagen won the 34th to take a two hole advantage.

Hagen three-putted the 35th, missing a three-footer. Barnes needed to win on the 36th, but drove poorly and shanked a mashie niblick (today's 6- or 7-iron) to give the match to Hagen 2-up. It was the last time Barnes would reach the PGA Championship finals. He was defeated twice by Gene Sarazen: in the first round in 1926, 5 and 4; and in the second round in 1928, 3 and 2.

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