History

1958: Bolt was an angel, Dow was a terror

Champion: Dow Finsterwald, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Site: Llanerch Country Club, Havertown, Pa.
Date: July 17-20
Purse: $39,388
Par: 35-35 - 70 (6,710 yards)
Field: 161
36 Hole cut at 154 (93 players advanced)
54 Hole cut at 228 (64 players advanced)

The first PGA Championship played under medal play (stroke) format featured two players whose personalities were miles apart - poker-faced Dow Finsterwald and tempestuous Tommy Bolt, the reigning U.S. Open Champion who was fined $500 for his antics at a tournament on Long Island, and placed on indefinite probation the day before the Championship. Bolt was allowed to compete, and assured the PGA he would uphold the standards of the PGA and would apologize to the tournament sponsors.

Finsterwald, the runner-up in the 1957 Championship, had also been a bridesmaid in 17 tournaments in his 6 1/2-year career. But he took command in this Championship, firing a sizzling front nine 31 in the final round to make up four strokes on Casper and third-round leader Sam Snead. Finsterwald finished with a 67 for a two-stroke victory over Billy Casper. Bolt tied for fifth place, nine strokes off Finsterwald's pace and was a model of deportment. Paired with Billy Maxwell the first two rounds, Bolt became miffed at a wedge approach and flipped the club in the air. He quickly jumped to catch it one-handed, and wore a big grin after his catch. This crew a loud roar of approval from the gallery.

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