1931: Praise for an unlikely Champion

Champion: Tom Creavy, Albany, N.Y.
Site: Wannamoisett Country Club, Rumford, R.I.
Date: Sept. 7-14
Purse: $7,200
Par: 34-35 - 69

The 14th PGA Championship had about everything. It had more than its fair share of upsets in the opening round, including Peter O'Hara's 4 and 3 triumph over five-time champion Walter Hagen. The Championship was capped by 20-year-old Tom Creavy's gusty victory over Denny Shute in the finals. Creavy, who defeated Gene Sarazen - the youngest PGA Champion of all time - in the semifinals, grabbed a 4-up lead over Shute with just six holes left. But Shute found new life when Creavy bogeyed the 31st hole. Though Shute hit his drive into a water hazard at the 32nd hold, the duo halved the hole. Shute then birdied the 33rd, and Creavy double-bogeyed the 34th. It appeared the resident of Albany, New York was folding. But Shute bogeyed the following hole and Creavy's par closed the issue, 2 and 1. Creavy, the second youngest PGA Champion, would also be thrilled by some remarks after his round. The great Bobby Jones, a referee in the match, told the second-youngest PGA Champion, "It was one of the finest matches I think that was ever played."

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