History

1950: A classic comeback and a sloppy finale

Champion: Chandler Harper, Portsmouth, Va.
Site: Scioto Country Club, Columbus, Ohio
Date: June 21-27
Purse: $17,700
Par: 36-36 - 72
Field: 128

Henry Williams Jr. defeated Henry Picard 1-up in a semifinal match that may rank as one of the Championship's greatest comebacks. Williams was six holes down with eight holes to play before catching fire. He won the 29th hole when Picard bogeyed, and birdied the 30th hole. Williams missed a five-foot birdie putt on the following hole before trimming the deficit to one with a 20-foot birdie putt at the 32nd hole, a par at the 33rd and another 20-foot birdie putt at the 34th. Picard bogeyed the 35th to square the match. The twosome birdied the 36th hole to send the match into overtime. Picard three-putted the 38th hole, missing a par from 20 inches to give the match to Williams.

For Chandler Harper, the other semifinal winner, his 2 and 1 victory over Jimmy Demaret wasn't as dramatic. In the finals, neither player had a memorable round. Harper was 3-up on Williams after a morning 75. Williams hit only one green in regulation and five bunkers in the first 11 holes. Harper closed out Williams at the 33rd hole 4 and 3.

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