History

1954: Chick finds redemption

Champion: Chick Harbert, Northville, Mich.
Site: Keller Golf Club, St. Paul, Minn.
Date: July 21-27
Purse: $20,700
Par: 36-35 - 71
Field: 134

Chick Harbert, a two-time PGA Championship runner-up (1947, '52) from Northville, Michigan found the prescription to success by toppling defending champion Walter Burkemo in the finals 4 and 3. To get there, Harbert posted respective 1-up victories over Jerry Barber and Tommy Bolt in the quarterfinals and semifinals. Harbert held off Bolt on the 36th hole by sinking a 15-foot birdie putt. Meanwhile, Burkemo halted the challenge of Roberto De Vicenzo of Argentina 5 and 3. De Vicenzo was the first international player from other than Great Britain to advance to the quarterfinals. Burkemo then dispatched Middlecoff 3 and 1 in the semifinals. In the finals, Burkemo won three of the first four holes against Harbert, who caught the spark soon after. Harbert played the next 29 holes in 8 under par, allowing Burkemo to win one hole the rest of the match.

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