History

1939: A Champion in overtime

Champion: Henry Picard, Hershey, Pa.
Site: Pomonok Country Club, Flushing, N.Y.
Date: July 9-15
Purse: $10,600

A controversy developed before the 22nd PGA Championship involving past Champion Denny Shute, whose player dues arrived 48 hours past a May 20 deadline. PGA President George Jacobus heard Shute's appeal that he had no permanent address and that his mail had not reached him properly. Jacobus granted Shute an exception and Shute went on to win his first two matches before falling in the third round to Emerick Kocsis 3 and 2. The high drama of the Championship was saved for the finale when Henry Picard defeated Byron Nelson 1-up, sinking a 10-foot birdie putt on the 37th hole.

Nelson grabbed the lead for the first time on the 32nd hole, making a birdie by jumping his ball over Picard's perfectly positioned stymie. Picard squared the match on the 36th hole, sinking a four-foot birdie putt. On the first extra hole, Picard's tee shot added to the drama, colliding with a motion picture truck and coming to rest underneath. Once the truck was moved, the ball was embedded. Picard was allowed a free drop and pitched within 10 feet of the cup. Nelson pitched to within five feet of the pin. Once the grind of the cameras stopped and quiet was restored, Picard stepped up and made his putt. Nelson missed his attempt.

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