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The PGA Championship

Tournament Info for: 1936 PGA Championship
Date: November 17 - 22, 1936
Site: Pinehurst Country Club (NC)
Champion: Denny Shute
Purse: $9,200.00
Field: 64
Cut at:
Par: 36 - 36 - 72 (00 yards)
Players Advanced: 0

Qualifying for Match Play: A 36-hole qualifying round to get into match play was conducted the Monday and Tuesday before the Championship. Defending PGA Champion Johnny Revolta was exempt and 63 players qualified. Fay Coleman was low qualifier with 143. A score of 155 qualified for match play, and eight players at 156 competed in a play off for seven spots. Notable players who didn't make it to match play were Walter Hagen (157), Leo Diegel (157), Sam Parks Jr. (157), Byron Nelson (158) and Jim Tumesa (159). The first and second rounds were 18 holes played in one day, with the remaining matches being played at 36 holes. Early Matches: In first day play, all former PGA Champions in the field were defeated as Gene Sarazen, Tommy Armour and Paul Runyan lost first-round matches. Defending PGA Champion Johnny Revolta was eliminated in the second round. In first round matches Jack Patroni triumphed over Sarazen on the 18th green by sinking an 8-foot par putt to halve the hole and preserve his 1-up lead. Sensational recoveries and putting were the secrets of Patroni's victory as he one-putted seven of the first nine holes in the match. In the match between Tommy Armour and Mortie Dutra, brother of the former PGA and U.S. Open winner, Dutra had a 1-up lead after the first nine holes and took the first three holes on the back side to coast to his 4-and-3 victory. Paul Runyan fell to Clarence Doser, who fired a 1-under-par 35 on the front side to take a 3-up lead. The best match of the first round was between Tony Manero and Jimmy Demaret. A Manero bogey at 13 put him back to 1-down, and despite making bogey at the next, he won the hole when Demaret took four strokes to get down from the edge of the green for a double-bogey. Going into the final hole, Manero was still 1-down but sank a 40-footer for a birdie 3 to square the match. They halved the first three extra holes, and Manero got lucky on the 22nd hole when Demaret missed a two-foot putt which could have won the match. The match ended on the next hole when Manero made a birdie. Vie Ghezzi beat the medal-ist. Fay Coleman, 1-up. But Coleman made a gallant run as he was 4-down with just six holes left to play and won 13,15 and 16 to carry the match to the final hole where his par wasn't good enough to catch Ghezzi. In another match. Jack Patroni, who had beaten Gene Sarazen earlier in the day, fell prey to Horton Smith in an embarrassing 6-and-5 loss. In the third round, none of the eight matches made it to the final green while all of the favorites won. One near upset ultimately saw Smith beat Willie Goggin, 2 and 1, but after the morning round Goggin was 5-up. By playing the afternoon round 2-under-par, Smith was able to overtake Goggin and best him on the 35th hole. Tony Manero was a winner over Bobby Cruick-shank, 4 and 3, and even though he shot 72 in the morning round and was 5-up, Cruickshank rallied in the afternoon. He took four of the first five holes before Manero birdied the 24th and 26th holes to crush Cruickshank's rally. In the match that saw Craig Wood beat Harry Cooper, 2 and 1, the contest was all even after the morning round. In the afternoon, Wood went 2-up at the turn, but Cooper made a 28-foot birdie putt at the 28th hole to get within 1. Cooper missed a two-footer to lose the 33rd hole to go 2-down, and the 34th hole was halved with birdies. When they halved the 35th hole with pars, the match was over. Long-driver Jimmy Thomson also advanced to the quarter-finals by conquering Henry Pi-card, 4 and 2. In that match, Thomson shot 40 on the first nine holes, while Picard shot 37, somehow keeping the match square. When Thomson shot 35 on the back side he went to lunch with a 3-up lead. On the front side of the afternoon round, Thomson picked up another hole with a 34, and closed out the match at the 34th hole with a birdie. In the quarter-finals, favorite Tony Manero was eliminated, 5 and 4, by Craig Wood. Wood won four of the last six holes on the front side to go into the final nine with a 3-up lead. Manero won the 30th and 31st holes and the match with a par at the 32nd hole. The match between Denny Shute and Horton Smith had been hyped as the match of the day, but it turned into the dull match of the day as Shute won, 3 and 2. The match wasn't as close as the score indicated as Shute finished the morning round 6-up. He was still 6-up going into the final nine. In the afternoon. Smith found his game, but it was too late. He was 2-under-par on the front nine and didn't pick up any holes. On the back side he started to pick at Shute's lead by taking the 29th, 30th and 32nd holes. With four holes left, he was 3-down. When both players made par at the 33rd and birdies at the 34th the match ended, even though Smith was 5-under in the afternoon round. The only match that went the distance was the contest between Thomson and McSpaden, which Thomson won 1-up. The match was even after the morning round, and in the afternoon, Thomson ran off four birdies in a row and made the turn 4-up. When McSpaden bo-geyed the 29th hole to fall to 5-down, the battle seemed finished. But a birdie 3 on the 30th hole by McSpaden put him back to 4-down. When Thomson missed a two-footer at the next hole it seemed like he had an outside chance. McSpaden managed to get a half at the 32nd hole when Thomson left a partial stymie and was running out of holes with another half at the 33rd hole. So with three holes left, McSpaden was dor-mie, but he didn't give up. He won the 34th hole with a birdie 4 and took the 35th when Thomson made bogey. At the final hole, both hit great shots to the green and when Thomson missed his birdie winning putt, McSpaden had a chance to send the match into overtime. But McSpaden's putt missed and Thomson, who had dodged the giant bullet, advanced to the semis. The last player to advance was Bill Mehlhom, who despite having a tough time in the early going with Jimmy Hines, finally won, 4 and 2. The semifinals were won by Thomson and Shute, but it took major turnarounds on both players' parts to achieve their victories. Thomson beat Craig Wood, 5 and 4, but after the first six holes a Thomson victory seemed out of the question. Wood put on a brilliant exhibition ofgolfashe birdied five of the six holes and had a 4-up lead over Thomson. But Wood developed a chink in his armor, hitting his second shot fat at the 7th, which led to a bogey and a lost hole. He pushed his second shot at the 8th and a bogey lost him another hole. His 4-hole lead was cut in half, and although he took the 9th hole with a par. Wood's early-hole play was in shambles and he had 27 holes left to play. On the back side of the morning round Wood was 4-over-par, and even though Thomson was 2-over-par, Wood went to lunch just 1-up. On the front side of the afternoon round Wood played the first six holes in 1-over-par, and in contrast to his play earlier in the day, lost four of those holes as Thomson played them in 4-under-par. Even though Wood won the 27th with a par, he went to the final nine 3-down. When Thomson played the first six holes in par figures, the match concluded on the 33rd hole. In the other match, between Shute and Mehlhom, Shute was 3-up after the morning round, but ran into a sensational burst from Mehlhom on the front nine of the afternoon round. Mehlhom won the 19th hole with a par and then birdied three holes in succession to win those three holes. When they finished the front nine, Mehlhom held a one-hole lead and added the 29th when Shute made bogey. Mehlhom gave that back with a 3-putt bogey at the 31st hole, but got it back at the next hole when Shute missed a five-footer for par. Things looked grim for Shute, as he was 2-down with four holes left, but when Mehlhom missed two four-footers at the 33rd and 34th, the match was square. At the 35th hole, Shute had a short putt for par to win the hole and missed it. He took advantage of another Mehlhom bogey at the final hole with a match-winning par. In the finals, Shute played David to Thomson's Goliath. Outdriven by as much as 60 yards on many holes, Shute used his irons and his putter to turn back Thomson, 3 and 2. In the morning round, Thomson shot 77 to Shute's 74, but Shute only had a 1-up lead. After the front side of the afternoon round, Shute still maintained his 1-up lead, and started to pull away with a 30-foot birdie putt at the 29th hole. Despite a 2-up lead, Shute struggled with every aspect of his game except his putting. On the 31st hole, Shute hit a poor drive in the waste area and scuffed his next shot short of the green. Thomson hit his second shot on the green. Shute pitched up 20 feet away and after Thomson safely secured his par, Shute made his putt for a half. The next two holes were halved with pars, and Shute closed out the match on the 34th hole when he hit a spectacular second shot, three feet away on the par-5 hole. When Thomson missed his putt for birdie, Shute knocked his putt in for eagle, a 3-and-2 victory and the Championship.

Road to the Finals
Denny Shute beatRoundJimmy Thomson beat
Rod Munday,  5 and 4 Alex Gerlak,  5 and 4 First Round
(18 Holes)
Willie Klein,  3 and 2 Al Zimmerman,  3 and 2 Second Round
(18 Holes)
Henry Picard,  4 and 2 Billy Burke,  2 and 1 Third Round
(18 Holes)
Harold Mc Spaden,  1-up Horton Smith,  3 and 2 Quarter Final
(36 Holes)
Craig Wood,  5 and 4 Bill Mehlhorn,  1-up Semi Final
(36 Holes)
Marshall Crichton     Revolta
6 and 5
Johnny Revolta    
Joe Belfore     Mc Spaden
6 and 4
Harold Mc Spaden    
Walter Kozak     Walper
5 and 3
Leo Walper    
Orm Beaupre     Hackney
1-up (21)
Clarence Hackney    
Ralph Beach     Klein
2 and 1
Willie Klein    
Rod Munday     Thomson
5 and 4
Jimmy Thomson    
Alvin Krueger     Krueger
2 and 1
Eddie Schultz    
Leo Mallory     Picard
2-up
Henry Picard    
Harry Cooper     Cooper
2 and 1
Ted Luther    
Clarence Doser     Doser
2 and 1
Paul Runyan    
John Kinder     Wood
2 and 1
Craig Wood    
Ian Robertson     Walsh
5 and 4
Frank Walsh    
Errie Ball     Ball
1-up (19)
Rolph Stonehouse    
Bobby Cruickshank     Cruickshank
4 and 3
Man Kowal    
Tommy Armour III     Dutra
4 and 3
Mortie Dutra    
Jimmy Demaret     Manero
1-up (23)
Tony Manero    
Jock Forrester     Smith
1-up
Horton Smith    
Jack Patroni     Patroni
1-up
Gene Sarazen    
Louis Chiapetta     Goggin
3 and 2
Willie Goggin    
Rodar Jewett     Madison
3 and 2
Les Madison    
Bill Jelliffe     Zimmerman
1-up
Al Zimmerman    
Alex Gerlak     Shute
5 and 4
Denny Shute    
Billy Burke     Burke
1-up
Francis Gallett    
Ky Laffoon     Laffoon
4 and 3
Walter Pursey    
Neil Christian     Mehlhorn
6 and 5
Bill Mehlhorn    
Les Bolstad     Metz
2-up
Dick Metz    
Herman Barron     Dudley
3 and 2
Ed Dudley    
Tom LoPresti     LoPresti
5 and 4
Clarence Yockey    
Jimmy Hines     Hines
2-up
Ted Turner    
Abe Espinosa     Mangrum
2 and 1
Ray Mangrum    
Vie Ghezzi     Ghezzi
5 and 4
Mike Turnesa    
Fay Coleman     Coleman
1-up
Ben Richter    
Mc Spaden
1-up (19)
Walper
2 and 1
Thomson
3 and 2
Picard
5 and 4
Cooper
3 and 2
Wood
1-up
Cruickshank
2 and 1
Manero
6 and 5
Smith
6 and 5
Goggin
5 and 4
Shute
3 and 2
Burke
4 and 3
Mehlhorn
1-up (23)
Dudley
2 and 1
Hines
2 and 1
Ghezzi
1-up
Mc Spaden
4 and 3
Thomson
4 and 2
Wood
2 and 1
Manero
4 and 2
Smith
2 and 1
Shute
2 and 1
Mehlhorn
6 and 4
Hines
4 and 3
Thomson
1-up
Wood
5 and 4
Shute
3 and 2
Mehlhorn
4 and 2
 
Thomson
5 and 4
 
 
Shute
1-up
 
Shute
3 and 2