History

1942: The "Recruits" square off

Champion: Sam Snead, Hot Springs, Va.
Site: Seaview Country Club -- Atlantic City, N.J.
Date: May 23-31
Purse: $7,550
Par: 36-35 - 71

Army Corporal Jim Turnesa and U.S. Navy recruit Sam Snead, who was scheduled to report to duty a day later, met in the finals of the PGA Championship. Turnesa, the underdog, had made a valiant march through the first four matches, defeating such impressive players as Harold "Jug" McSpaden 1-up, Ben Hogan 2 and 1 and Byron Nelson 1-up in 37 holes. However, Turnesa went to lunch after the opening 18 holes 3-up but Snead fought back to square the match on the 27th hole. Turnesa appeared nervous, and Snead sensed this. "I saw that he took more waggles than usual on his drive, and then he hooked it," Snead said. "I knew he was getting tight, and then I had more confidence in myself." Turnesa bogeyed the 28th hole to fall one down, and was two behind with a bogey at the 30th hole. Snead closed the match by holing a 60-foot chip shot for a birdie, a 2 and 1 decision and his first major championship.

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