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The PGA Championship

Tournament Info for: 1916 PGA Championship
Date: October 09 - 14, 1916
Site: Siwanoy Country Club
Champion: Jim Barnes
Purse: $3,000.00
Field: 32
Cut at:
Par: 0 - 0 - 0 (6,906 yards)
Players Advanced: 145

Qualifying for Match Play: Qualification rounds were held in different sections of the country before the Championship. All matches played at 36 holes. Early Matches: Thomas Kerrigan has the distinction of being the first player to hit a shot in the inaugural PGA Championship, en route to a 6-and-4 victory over Charles Adams. In the first round, everything went as expected, although Wilfred Reid, after being 5-down to J.J. O’Brien, squared the match only to loose at the last hole. In the second round, the match of the day was between Walter Hagen and Bob McDonald. Even though Hagen and Bob McDonald. Even though Hagen won,3 and 2, it took nine putts on the last seven greens for Hagen to account for the win. In the quarter-finals, Siwanoy Club’s home professional Tom Kerrigan did battle with “Big Jim” Barnes. Despite playing the last 13 holes of their 36-hole match in even fours, Kerrigan lost, 3 and 1, to Barnes, who registered the lowest score by any professional in the Championship, an even par won, with Hagen beating Jack Dowling, 2 and 1; and Jock Hutchison beating Cyril Walker, 4 and 3. In the semifinals, three British-born golfers and one American-born were matched. After 27 holes in the match between Hagen was 1-up, but lost the 12th and 13th holes. The next four holes were halved and with Hagen hitting his second shot of the green, Hutchison won the match, 2-up. In the other half of the semifinals, Jim Barnes had no difficulty in out-playing Willie MacFarlane, 6 and 5. Large galleries followed the matches despite the fact that rain fell during the afternoon. In the morning round, Hutchison jumped out to a 3-up lead, shooting 37 to Barnes’ 39. On the back side, Barnes reduced the lead to one, with both players scoring 77 in the first 18 holes. After a break the match resumed with Barnes telling the crowd, before his drive on the first hole, “I always do better after lunch.” Barnes squared the match at the 21st hole and took the lead for the first time at the 25th hole with an 18-foot putt. The 27th hole was halved in birdie threes with Barnes making a 35-footer putt. Barnes made another long (25 feet) curling putt on the next hole to go 2-up. Hutchison didn’t give up and made a 15-foot birdie at the next hole to go to 1-down. Hutchison squared the match with a three at the 31st hole and took a 1-up lead at the 33rd hole. The 34 the hole was halved in fours but Hutchison missed the putt and Barnes made his, winning 1-up. “Big Jim” won $500 and a diamond medal. Hutchison got a gold medal and $250.

Road to the Finals
Jim Barnes beatRoundJack Hutchison beat
George Fatheringham,  8 and 7 First Round
(18 Holes)
Joe Mitchell,  11 and 9
Alec Smith,  8 and 7 Second Round
(18 Holes)
W. Brown,  11 and 9
Tom Kerrigan,  3 and 1 Quarter Final
(36 Holes)
Cyril Walker,  4 and 3
Willie MacFarlane,  6 and 5 Semi Final
(36 Holes)
Walter Hagen,  2-up
C.G. Adams     Kerrigan
6 and 4
Tom Kerrigan    
George McLean     McLean
6 and 5
Tom McNamara    
James Ferguson     Smith
4 and 2
Alec Smith    
Jim Barnes     Barnes
8 and 7
George Fatheringham    
Willie MacFarlane     MacFarlane
10 and 9
Robert McNulty    
M.J. Brady     Brady
7 and 6
James West    
Emmett French     French
3 and 1
Eddie Towns    
Bye Bye     Dowling
Dowling
Jack Dowling    
J.J. O'Brien     O'Brien
1-up
Wilfred Reid    
Walter Favarque     Simpson
6 and 5
George Simpson    
Jimmie Donaldson     MacDonald
3 and 2
Bob MacDonald    
Walter Hagen     Hagen
7 and 6
J.R. Thamson    
Jack Hutchison     Hutchison
11 and 9
Joe Mitchell    
W. Brown     Brown
by default
F. Clarkson    
Louis Tellier     Walker
4 and 2
Cyril Walker    
Jack Hobens     Hobens
by default
Mike Sherman    
 
Kerrigan
2 and 1
 
 
Barnes
8 and 7
 
 
MacFarlane
3 and 2
 
 
Dowling
1-up (37)
 
 
O'Brien
3 and 2
 
 
Hagen
3 and 2
 
 
Hutchison
11 and 9
 
 
Walker
5 and 4
 
Barnes
3 and 1
MacFarlane
2 and 1
Hagen
10 and 9
Hutchison
4 and 3
 
Barnes
6 and 5
 
 
Hutchison
2-up
 
Barnes
1-up