A Look at 1947 PGA Champion Jim Ferrier

The PGA of America

Series: PGA Feature

Published: Thursday, July 14, 2011 | 11:23 a.m.

For the first time in a decade, the Championship finals didn't have a Hogan, Nelson or Snead on the roster. The lack of a legend didn't deter 7,000 spectators from the gate, which presented a problem for Jim Ferrier, a native of Sydney, Australia. He spent the evening planning his strategy in dealing with the crowd that would follow his opponent, Michigan's favorite son Chick Harbert. During this time, galleries weren't restrained by ropes, and Ferrier worried that the partisans would aid Harbert. Ferrier put his mind to rest by hiring two police officers for $100, putting one on each side of the fairway to guard against overzealous fans. In spite of his precautions, Ferrier didn't need the security. He defeated Harbert, 2 and 1. Afterwards, Ferrier said, "That was the best $100 that I have ever spent." The key to Ferrier's victory was putting, not security guards. He needed only 52 strokes on the greens in the 35-hole match, finishing 6-under-par. He recorded a dazzling 27-under-par for the 243 holes he played that week and became the fourth internationally-born PGA Champion.