History

1937: The last repeat champion

Champion: Denny Shute, W. Newton, Mass.
Site: Pittsburgh Field Club, Aspinwall, Pa.
Date: May 26-30
Purse: $9,200

Defending PGA Champion Denny Shute, having outlasted U.S. Open Champion Tony Manero, 1-up, in the semifinals, faced Harold "Jug" McSpaden in the finals. The duo battled 37 holes, the third extra-hole final match in PGA Championship history. Heading into the 36th hole, McSpaden got a break when his tee shot struck a spectator and bounced into the fairway instead of heavy rough. McSpaden took the cue and hit an approach four feet from the flagstick. Shute was 50 feet away with his second shot and putted about three feet short of the hole. As McSpaden took his stance, cameras ground away. McSpaden stepped back and yelled, "Please give me the chance I've been fighting for all week." Once quite was restored, McSpaden missed his putt. On the first extra hole, which had been Shute's nemesis all week, McSpaden missed a 10-footer for par. Shute knocked in his winning four-footer, and became the fifth and last PGA Champion to win back-to-back Championships.

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