History

1932: Profile in courage

Champion: Olin Dutra, Santa Monica, Calif.
Site: Keller Golf Course, St. Paul, Minn.
Date: Aug. 31 - Sept. 4
Purse: $7,200

The 15th PGA Championship, played throughout a week of heavy western gusts, featured four overtime match defeats by four prominent players - Walter Hagen (43 holes), Al Watrous (41), Paul Runyan (38) and Horton Smith (37). Bobby Cruickshank's 1-up decision over Watrous was perhaps one of the greatest rallies in Championship history. Watrous was 9-up on Cruickshank with 13 holes left to play. Watrous conceded a six-foot downhill putt to Cruickshank on the 24th green. This was the apparent spark Cruickshank needed. He won nine of the next 11 holes, and closed out Watrous on the 41st green.

Cruickshank's bid for a Championship ended in the quarterfinals, falling to Frank Walsh, 8 and 7. Seven months earlier, Walsh suffered a fractured skull in an automobile accident and was sidelined for eight weeks. He went on to a 1-up semifinal victory over defending PGA Champion Tom Creavy in 38 holes, and was defeated by Olin Dutra in the finals 4 and 3. Over a six-day, 196-hole journey in the Championship, Dutra finished 19-under-par.

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