Champion: Walter Hagen, Rochester, N.Y.
Site: Olympia Fields Country Club, Olympia Fields, Ill.
Date: Sept. 21-26
Walter Hagen not only successfully defended his PGA Championship at Olympia Fields (Illinois) Country Club, but he battled through 175 holes against five opponents while winning with the flair that was to remain his trademark throughout his career. Hagen defeated Al Watrous 1-up in 39 holes in the first round, routed Mike Brady, 7 and 6 in the second, and outlasted Leo Diegel 1-up in a 40-hole quarterfinal - the fourth-longest match in PGA Championship history. Hagen needed five holes before he could post a par against Diegel, who built a five hole lead after the opening nine holes. Hagen trimmed the deficit to two after 27 holes, and eventually squared the match on the 36th hole. From there, Hagen used his impeccable putting stroke to win on the fourth extra hole. He went on to defeat Harry Cooper 3 and 1 in the semifinals, and posted a 67 in the morning 18-hole round on the way to defeating Bill Mehlhorn in the finals 6 and 5. It was Hagen's 10th consecutive match victory in the PGA Championship.