History

1926: Three in a row for Hagen

Champion: Walter Hagen, Rochester, N.Y.
Site: Salisbury Golf Links, Westbury, Long Island, N.Y.
Date: Sept. 20-25
Purse: $11,100
Par: 36-36 - 72

Leo Diegel had played brilliantly throughout the PGA Championship before facing two-time defending champion Walter Hagen in the finals. Perhaps recalling their 40-hole match the year before, Diegel nervously began the match two down after six holes. Diegel managed to square the match on the 11th hole, but Hagen regained the lead with a birdie on the 12th and gained a 2-up lead after a morning round of 69. The deficit soon became three holes, as Diegel sailed his approach on the 19th hole over the green. The ball came to rest under an automobile. When the car's owner moved the car, Diegel found his ball lying in a deep rut. It took him three strokes to get it on the green and fall three holes behind.

Hagen went on to close Diegel out on the 33rd hole, posting a 5 and 3 victory and his fourth Championship in six years.

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