1955: A Cinderella named Ford

Champion: Doug Ford, Lake Worth, Fla.
Site: Meadowbrook Country Club, Northville, Mich.
Date: July 20-26
Purse: $20,700
Par: 35-36 - 71
Field: 134

All the stars were in place to make it a memorable week for Doug Ford. He qualified for his first PGA Championship and won medalist honors. Ford defeated Cary Middlecoff 4 and 3 in a finale that was tightly contested through the first 27 holes. Even though Ford had a 66 in the morning round, Middlecoff held a one-hole advantage. Ford rallied to square the match for the fourth time, knocking home a birdie putt on the 26th hole. He then added birdies on the 29th, 30th and 32nd holes, and sealed the decision with a par 4 on the 33rd hole. Ford became the fourth player in PGA match-play history to win the Championship after capturing medalist honors (135 for 36 holes). The other players to achieve the feat were Walter Hagen (1926), Olin Dutra (1932) and Byron Nelson (1945). In 1927, Hagen shared medalist honors with Jim Turnesa. Ford's victory was sweeter for another reason. The PGA of America eliminated the 36-hole qualifier in 1956, doubling the field to 128 players who advanced into match-play.

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