History

1930: A match fit for Hollywood

Champion: Tommy Armour, Detroit, Mich.
Site: Fresh Meadows Country Club, Flushing, N.Y.
Date: Sept. 8-13
Purse: $10,300

Tommy Armour and Gene Sarazen, two great players battling for the Rodman Wanamaker Trophy, went down to their final putts to determine a Champion. Though Sarazen was playing on his home course, he could not grab a quick advantage. Neither player enjoyed a lead larger than two holes. Sarazen hooked his drive on the 18th hole, while Armour's drive found the fairway. Both players then dumped their approaches in to a greenside bunker. Sarazen blasted his attempt 10 feet past the hole, and Armour exploded 12 feet from the flagstick. As Armour attempted to putt, he backed away after being disturbed by the whir of a photographer's camera. Armour positioned himself again and made the 12-footer. Sarazen, surprised by Armour's putt, hurriedly attempted his par attempt and missed. It was the final match between the two great players in Championship history. Armour became the third foreign-born player to win the PGA Championship.

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