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The PGA Championship

Tournament Info for: 1925 PGA Championship
Date: September 21 - 26, 1925
Site: Olympia Fields Country Club
Champion: Walter Hagen
Purse: $6,330.00
Field: 32
Cut at:
Par: 0 - 0 - 0 (00 yards)
Players Advanced: 0

Qualifying for Match Play: A 36-hole qualifying round was conducted the Monday before the Championship. Al Watrous was the low qualifier of 32 players with 140. A score of 157 qualified for match play. All matches played at 36 holes. Early Matches: The biggest surprise of the first round was the defeat of two-time PGA Champion Gene Sarazen, who went down in an 8-and-7 drubbing at the hands of Jack Burke. Another key match in the first round saw the defending PGA Champion Walter Hagen face low qualifier Al Watrous. Throughout the morning round Hagen trailed, but neither player was able to gather an advantage of more than one hole. Hagen came to the final hole in the afternoon dormie one, but lost the hole to send the match into overtime. Hagen won the 39th hole. No real upsets in the second round, but Al Espinosa did take Bill Mehlhom to the final hole before losing 1-down. In the quarter-finals Johnny Farrell was beaten by Harry Cooper, 2 and 1, Mortie Dutra defeated Tommy Armour, 2-up, and Bill Mehlhom crushed Tom Kerrigan, 7 and 6. In the match between Leo Diegel and Hagen, it looked like the defending PGA Champion was about to go down in defeat. In the morning round, Hagen got off to a poor start, taking five holes before he finally made a par. After the front nine, Diegel stood 4-up and finished the round 5-up. Hagen cut it to 2-down after the 27th hole, but both players halved the next five holes. Hagen got another hole back and sent the match into overtime by winning the 36th hole. On the fourth extra hole, Hagen won to advance to the semifinals. There he met Harry Cooper, a young professional from Texas. They played even through the morning round, each having a 74, but on the first nine of the afternoon round, Hagen picked up a two-hole advantage and carried it to the 35th tee. A win on this hole gave him the match, 3 and 1.Mehlhom had an easy match against Mortie Dutra, despite a close morning round where he held Mehlhom close. In the afternoon, Dutra's game fell apart on the front nine and Mehlhom cruised to an 8-and-6 win. In the final, Hagen started strong with an eagle on the first hole, birdie at the second and a front nine of 33,2-under-par. But Hagen was only 1-up as Mehlhom also shot a 33. Hagen's hot round continued on the back side, where he matched par on every hole except for a birdie at the 13th for a 67. Despite equalling par on the round, Mehlhom found himself 4-down. In the afternoon round, Hagen again shot 33 on the front nine and picked up another hole on Mehlhorn who had a 1 -under-par 34. By then it was only a matter of time as Hagen won two more holes and closed out the match on the 31st hole, 6 and 5.

Road to the Finals
Walter Hagen beatRoundBill Mehlhorn beat
Al Watrous,  1-up (39) First Round
(18 Holes)
Emmett French,  5 and 4
Mike Brady,  7 and 6 Second Round
(18 Holes)
Al Espinosa,  1-up
Leo Diegel,  1-up (40) Quarter Final
(36 Holes)
Tom Kerrigan,  7 and 6
Harry Cooper,  3 and 1 Semi Final
(36 Holes)
Mortie Dutra,  8 and 6
Walter Hagen     Hagen
1-up (39)
Al Watrous    
Mike Brady     Brady
10 and 9
J.S. Collins    
Laurie Ayton     Diegel
2 and 1
Leo Diegel    
Bobby Cruickshank     Cruickshank
4 and 3
Bill Leach     
Jack Blakeslee     Cooper
7 and 6
Harry Cooper    
Jack Burke     Burke
8 and 7
Gene Sarazen    
Wm. Creovy     Farrell
6 and 4
Johnny Farrell    
Ray Derr     Derr
4 and 3
Abe Espinosa    
Emmett French     Mehlhorn
5 and 4
Bill Mehlhorn    
Al Espinosa     Espinosa
5 and 3
George Howard    
Tom Kerrigan     Kerrigan
5 and 3
George Smith    
Charles Hoffner     Williams
4 and 3
Dan Williams    
Mortie Dutra     Dutra
2 and 1
Willie Ogg    
Ed Dudley     Dudley
3 and 2
Mike Patton    
Tommy Armour III     Armour III
3 and 1
George Griffin    
John Golden      Golden
9 and 8
Dave Robertson    
 
Hagen
7 and 6
 
 
Diegel
2 and 1
 
 
Cooper
2 and 1
 
 
Farrell
1-up (37)
 
 
Mehlhorn
1-up
 
 
Kerrigan
2-up
 
 
Dutra
6 and 5
 
 
Armour III
6 and 5
 
Hagen
1-up (40)
Cooper
2 and 1
Mehlhorn
7 and 6
Dutra
2-up
 
Hagen
3 and 1
 
 
Mehlhorn
8 and 6
 
Hagen
6 and 5