1936: Hitting it right down the "Shute"

Champion: Denny Shute, Boston, Mass.
Site: Hershey Country Club, Hershey, Pa.
Date: Nov. 17-22
Purse: $9,200

The only PGA Championship to be played in Pinehurst, North Carolina resulted in the unveiling of a steady and soft-spoken champion - Denny Shute. Outdriven by as many as 60 yards on many holes, Shute relied upon his superb iron play and putting to defeat Jimmy Thomson 3 and 2. Both players had survived turnarounds in their semifinal matches to earn a finals berth. Thomson recovered from a poor start to beat Craig Wood 4 and 3. Shute edged Bill Mehlhorn, a member of the first U.S. Ryder Cup Team, 1-up. Mehlhorn birdied three holes in succession in the afternoon round and led 2-up with four holes to play. But the match was square after Mehlhorn missed four-foot par putts on the 33rd and 34th holes. Shute then missed a short par putt on the following hole and took advantage of another Mehlhorn bogey at the final hole to close the match.

In the finals, Shute closed out Thomson with a spectacular second shot on the par-5 34th hole. Thomson missed his birdie attempt, and Shute knocked in the winning eagle putt.

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