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1938: The most decisive victory

Champion: Paul Runyan, White Plains, N.Y.
Site: Shawnee Country Club, Shawnee-On-Delaware, Pa.
Date: July 10-16
Purse: $10,000
Par: 37-35 - 72

Sam Snead had just come off one of the most impressive matches in PGA history in the semifinals, when he faced Paul Runyan for the Championship. Snead finished with four consecutive threes on his scorecard in the semifinals to edge Jimmy Hines 1-up. Had the match been decided by stroke play, Hines would have defeated Snead by a stroke. Hines was eight under par.

But Runyan was also in a zone of his own, walloping Snead 8 and 7 to capture his second PGA Championship in five years. It was the most decisive victory in the Championship finals, a product of Runyan's prolific short game that produced a 67 in the morning 18-hole round and a 5-up lead. Runyan continued the momentum in the afternoon, making the turn in 1-under-par 35 and a seven hole advantage. He won the 28th hole and halved with Snead at the 29th to close the match. Runyan finished 24 under par for th 196 holes he played. He made only one bogey in his final 70 holes. Snead finished 147 holes of match play 21 under par.

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