History

1947: A $100 insurance policy

Champion: Jim Ferrier, San Francisco, Calif.
Site: Plum Hollow Country Club, Detroit, Mich.
Date: June 18-24
Purse: $17,700
Par: 36-36 - 72

For the first time in a decade, the Championship finals didn't have a Hogan, Nelson or Snead on the roster. The lack of a legend didn't deter 7,000 spectators from the gate, which presented a problem for Jim Ferrier, a native of Sydney, Australia. He spent the evening planning his strategy in dealing with the crowd that would follow his opponent, Michigan's favorite son Chick Harbert. During this time, galleries weren't restrained by ropes, and Ferrier worried that the partisans would aid Harbert. Ferrier put his mind to rest by hiring two policemen for $100, putting one on each side of the fairway to guard against overzealous fans. In spite of his precautions, Ferrier didn't need the security. He defeated Harbert, 2 and 1. Afterwards, Ferrier said, "that was the best $100 that I have ever spent." The key to Ferrier's victory was putting, not security guards. He needed only 52 strokes on the greens in the 35-hole match, finishing 6 under par. He was 27 under par for the 243 holes he played that week. He became the fourth foreign-born PGA Champion.

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