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1957: The last match-play Champion

Champion: Lionel Hebert, Lafayette, La.
Site: Miami Valley Golf Club, Dayton, Ohio
Date: July 17-21
Purse: $42,100
Par: 36-35 - 71
Field: 128

Lionel Herbert became the last match-play PGA Champion - and the 25th different name to be inscribed on the Rodman Wanamaker Trophy, defeating Dow Finsterwald 3 and 1. To reach the finals, Herbert downed former champion Walter Burkemo, who had defeated Herbert's brother, Jay, in the fourth round. Burkemo had grabbed a 2-up advantage on Lionel after Herbert called a penalty stroke against himself. He reported the ball moved on the 19th green as he was about to make his address. In the next eight holes, Herbert out-putted Burkemo and took a 2-up lead at the 27th hole. Herbert closed out Burkemo by rifling a 5-iron to within a foot of the flagstick for a birdie at the 35th hole.

In the finals, Hebert went up by a hole on Finsterwald with a birdie at the 32nd hole. Finsterwald saw his chances wilt after dumping his approach on the 34th hole into a creek in front of the green. Even though he was allowed a free drop due to a foot bridge ruled as an "artificial obstruction,"Finsterwald couldn't manage a par. Hebert closed the match and the Championship with a routine par at the 35th hole.

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