History

1941: A most bizarre finish

Champion: Vic Ghezzi, Deal, N.J.
Site: Cherry Hills Country Club, Denver, Colo.
Date: July 7-13
Purse: $10,600
Par: 35-36 - 71

Vic Ghezzi dethroned defending Champion Byron Nelson in an extra-hole match with a bizarre ending. Ghezzi, three holes down after 27 holes, squared the match by winning the first three holes on the final nine. The lead had changed hands four times before Ghezzi bogeyed the par-5 35th hole. Both players missed the green with their approach shots and Nelson pitched to within 15 feet. Ghezzi chipped to within four feet. Nelson missed his attempt and Ghezzi ran his put four feet past the cup, but made the difficult comeback attempt to square the match. Ghezzi missed another potential match-winner on the 37th hole from 10 feet.

At the par-4 38th hole, both players missed the green and each pitched to within three feet of the flagstick. A referee was called to determine which player would play first. The referee couldn't decide, and a coin flip was performed. Nelson won the toss and missed his putt. Ghezzi then barely rolled his ball in the side of the cup for the victory.

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