1954 PGA Championship

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1954 PGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates July 21–27, 1954
Location Maplewood, Minnesota, U.S.
Course(s) Keller Golf Club
Organized by PGA of America
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Match play - 6 rounds
Statistics
Par 71
Length 6,652 yards (6,083 m)[1]
Field 135 players,[1]
64 to match play
Cut 147 (+5), no playoff needed
Prize fund $20,700[2]
Winner's share $5,000
Champion
United States Chick Harbert
def. Walter Burkemo, 4 & 3
Keller GC is located in USA
Keller GC
Keller GC
Location in the United States

The 1954 PGA Championship was the 36th PGA Championship, held July 21–27 at Keller Golf Club in Maplewood, Minnesota, a suburb north of St. Paul. Chick Harbert won the match play championship, 4 & 3 over defending champion Walter Burkemo in the Tuesday final;[3] the winner's share was $5,000 and the runner-up's was $3,000.

It marked the second time the PGA Championship returned to a venue; public Keller had also hosted in 1932; Oakmont near Pittsburgh hosted in 1922 and 1951. It was the third and last final for the two finalists; each had one victory and two losses. Harbert lost in 1947 and 1952, while Burkemo lost in 1951 and won in 1953.

Ed "Porky" Oliver was the medalist in the stroke-play qualifying with a 136 (−6);[4] he fell in the third round 3&1 to eventual champion Harbert.[5]

Format

The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1954 called for 12 rounds (216 holes) in seven days:[2]

  • Wednesday and Thursday – 36-hole stroke play qualifier, 18 holes per day;
    • the defending champion Walter Burkemo and top 63 professionals advanced to match play
  • Friday – first two rounds, 18 holes each
  • Saturday – third round – 36 holes
  • Sunday – quarterfinals – 36 holes
  • Monday – semifinals – 36 holes
  • Tuesday – final – 36 holes

Past champions in the field

Player Country Year(s) won Record Advanced to Finish
Walter Burkemo  United States 1953 5–1 Finals 2
Sam Snead  United States 1942, 1949, 1951 3–1 Quarterfinals T5
Johnny Revolta  United States 1935 2–1 Third round T9
Jim Turnesa  United States 1952 0–1 First round T33

Failed to qualify

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Chandler Harper  United States 1950 72 76 148 +6
Vic Ghezzi  United States 1941 75 75 150 +8

Source:[2][4][6]

Final results

Tuesday, July 27, 1954

Place Player Country Money ($)
1 Chick Harbert  United States 5,000
2 Walter Burkemo  United States 3,000
T3 Tommy Bolt  United States 750
Cary Middlecoff  United States
T5 Jerry Barber  United States 500
Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina
Shelley Mayfield  United States
Sam Snead  United States

Final eight bracket

Quarter-finals
July 25
Semi-finals
July 26
Finals
July 27
                 
Chick Harbert 1up
Jerry Barber
Chick Harbert 1up
Tommy Bolt
Tommy Bolt 39h
Sam Snead
Chick Harbert 4&3
Walter Burkemo
Walter Burkemo 5&4
Roberto De Vicenzo
Walter Burkemo 37h
Cary Middlecoff
Cary Middlecoff 3&1
Shelley Mayfield

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Oliver sets PGA pace with 5-under 66". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 22, 1954. p. 17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Tournament Info for: 1954 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Retrieved April 17, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Harbert is victor in PGA finals". Youngstown Vindicator. United Press. July 28, 1954. p. 16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Porky Oliver's 136 wins national PGA medal". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 23, 1954. p. 19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Fancy field of 8 move into PGA quarterfinals". Palm Beach Post. Associated Press. July 25, 1954. p. 46.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "First round PGA scores". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 22, 1954. p. 17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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