History

1927: "Pick It Up"

Champion: Walter Hagen, Rochester, N.Y.
Site: Cedar Crest Country Club, Dallas, Texas
Date: Oct. 31 - Nov. 5
Purse: $15,441

Walter Hagen not only played golf at its highest level, but he also mastered the art of gamesmanship. Perhaps the most vivid example of Hagen's ability to rattle an opponent was in a semifinal match against Chicagoan Al Espinosa. On the 36th hole, a 313-yard par-4 at Cedar Crest Country Club, Espinosa landed his approach 25 feet from the cup, while Hagen sailed his approach over the green. Hagen then chipped to within a foot of the cup and was conceded the par putt. Throughout the match, Hagen had conceded any putt by his opponent within three feet. Espinosa, who had taken a 1-up lead on the 35th hole, stroked his birdie attempt three feet short of the cup and looked to Hagen, who smiled and then turned his back to chat with the gallery.

Espinosa then missed the match-winning putt. The match ended one hole later, when a shaken Espinosa three-putted. Hagen went on to defeat Joe Turnesa of Elmsford, New York in the finals, 1-up. Again, Hagen followed his strategy of conceding all putts within three feet. He stopped conceding putts at the 30th hole. Turnesa, who had no practice on the greens throughout the round, missed short putts on the final six holes. Turnesa's short par putt on the 36th hole rolled up and hung on the lip of the cup. It was Hagen's fourth consecutive and fifth overall PGA Championship.

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