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The PGA Championship

Tournament Info for: 1950 PGA Championship
Date: June 21 - 27, 1950
Site: Scioto Country Club
Champion: Harper (J.H.) Chandler
Purse: $17,700.00
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 Wednesday and Thursday before the Championship. Even though he didn’t have to qualify, defending Champion Sam Snead was the low qualifier of 64 players with a 140. A score of 152 qualified for match play, with seven players at 153 having a playoff for seven players at 153 having a playoff for three spots. Some notables who didn’t qualify included Lawson Little (153), Jack Grout(154), Dutch Harrison(155). Mike Turnesa (155), Ed Oliver (155), Joe Creavy (159), Tony Manero (162) and Jimmy Thomson(WD). The first and second rounds were 18 holes each, played in one day, with the remaining matches being played at 36 holes. Early Matches: In first day of play, Sam Snead opened his defense of his crown with a 1-up squeaker over Sam Byrd. His chance of repeating ended on the 18th green in his afternoon round when Eddie Burke, younger brother of former U.S. Open winner Billy Burke, rolled in a 30-foot chip shot from off the green for an eagle 3 to eliminate Snead. Since the match was the last of the day, Burke’s shot was witnessed by all in attendance, stunning the gallery, who thought that Snead would pull the match out. Snead wasn’t the only favorite eliminated in the first day, as former PGA Champion Jim Ferrier was upset by Elmer Reed, 5 and 4. Reed an airline pilot who had given up on tournament golf the previous year, was a 2-up winner over Gene Kunes in the morning round. Vic Ghezzi was a 2-and-1 loser to Dick Metz in the first round, while Bob Hamilton lost on the 20th hole to Henry Picard. George Fazio won his morning match, 4 and 3, over Frank Staszowski, but Bob Toski, in a come-from-behind victory, nipped George Fazio, 1-up, in the afternoon. Favorites who moved on to the third round were: Denny Shute, who beat Augie Nordone, 1-up, in the morning and then easily coasted by Ellsworth Vines, 4 and 3, in the afternoon; Jimmy Demaret had a tough time beating Charley Farlow, 1-up, in the morning while he routed Rod Munday, 5 and 3, in the afternoon; Lloyd Mangrum got by Pete Cooper, 4 and 3, in the morning and then frustrated Skip Alexander, 1-up, in a match that had Mangrum take a 1-up lead after the 13th hole and hold on with pars to win the match on the final hole. The runner-up in 1949, Johnny Palmer rolled over Joe Taylor, 4 and 3, in the morning, then beat Lew Worsham, 4 and 2, in the afternoon. The third round produced a match between Denny Shute and Jimmy Demaret. Even though Shute had a 2-up lead after the morning round, Demaret went on to to win, 4and 3. Demaret dominated the afternoon round as he shot 33 on the front side to get one back and then with two birdies, won five holes in a row starting at the 27th hole. Demaret closed out the match on the 32nd hole. This left 43-year-old Henry Picard as the only former PGA Champion still in the field, as he barely got by Jackson Bradley, 1-up. The match had a sensational ending as Picard was 1-up coming to the final hole. Bradley chipped in for an eagle, which looked like it was good enough to send the contest into overtime. But Picard saved his victory by sinking a 20-foot putt for a match-winning eagle. Another match that went the distance saw Palmer beat Ted Kroll, 1-up. The morning round was a low-scoring affair that saw Palmer 2-up after shooting 66 to Kroll’s 68. In the afternoon both played terribly, and despite shooting 75, Palmer was able to hold on. The widest margin of victory was Mangrum’s 6-and-5 rout of Chick Harbert, which saw Mangrum shoot 66 in the morning and take a 4-up lead to lunch. Mangrum continued his sub-par spurt in the afternoon round by shooting 32 on the front side to take a 5-up lead to the final nine holes. Harbert got one back with a Mangrum bogey at the 28th hole, but Harbert lost the match with bogeys at the 30th and 31st holes. In one of the thrilling encounters of the day, it took two extra holes for Henry Williams to score a 1-up victory over Claude Harmon. Harmon was 3-down with three to play, and on the 34th hole, rammed a 35-footer into the hole for a birdie. At the next hole, the margin was cut to one when Williams made bogey. At the final hole, Harmon squared the contest with a 20-footer for birdie, but lost the match when he was unable to make par at the 38th hole. In the other matches, Ray Gafford beat Eddie Burke, 4 and 3, while Chandler Harper outlasted Bob Toski, 2 and 1, and Dave Douglas eliminated Elmer Reed, 3 and 2. In the quarter-finals, Henry Picard defeated Johnny Palmer, 10 and 8, in a day which saw Palmer win only one hole in the match. Picard, an arthritis sufferer, wore gloves on both of his hands, but his hands didn’t seem to bother him as he picked up three holes per nine. When Palmer made birdie at the 27th hole, it was only good for a half as he was 9-down, with nine holes left. The match ended at the next hole, and it was funny to think that Picard played only because of an invitation from Scioto professional Jack Grout, an old friend. Another upset saw Mangrum lose to Chandler Harper, 1-up, in a match that saw both players 4-under-par. Harper built a 4-up lead after the 22nd hole, and even though Mangrum started to whittle away at the lead and squared the match on the 30th hole, Harper parred the next four holes. On the par-3 35th hole, Mangrum hit his tee shot 12 feet away, and then Harper followed to get his six feet away. When Mangrum missed, Harper took his 10-year-old putter and made the putt to go 1-up. At the last hole, Harper’s putter again came through as he made a 10-foot birdie putt, which won the match. Another match that was decided at the final hole saw Henry Williams make a birdie to win his match, 1-up, over Dave Douglas. In the match between Demaret and Ray Gafford, Demaret easily won, 5 and 4, despite being down after the first nine holes. In the semifinals, Williams beat Picard, 1-up, on the 38th hole in one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the PGA. Williams found himself 6-down with just eight holes left in the match, and then went on a tear. He won the 29th hole when Picard made a bogey and took the 30th with a birdie. Williams halved the 31st after missing a five- footer for a birdie, but made a 20-footer for birdie at the 32nd to be only 3-down. Williams won the 33rd with a par and then captured the 34th with another 20-footer for a birdie. When Picard bogeyed the 35th hole, the match was square. Both players made birdies at the final hole to send the match into overtime. Both made pars at the 37th hole, with Williams having to make a five-footer. At the next hole, Picard three-putted for a bogey, missing one from 20 inches to give the match to Williams, who made par. In the other match, Harper surprised all by upsetting Demaret, 2 and 1. It was the third time that Demaret had lost a semifinal match, losing two previously to Ben Hogan in 1946 and 1948. Harper turned back Williams, 4 and 3, in one of the sloppiest finals ever played in the PGA. Despite shooting a 75 in the morning round, Harper was 3-up as Williams shot 41-38 for a 79. In Willliams’ first 11 holes, he hit only one green in regulation and was in five bunkers. Before the conclusion of the match, Williams had been in nine bunkers, but despite the problems in the morning round, he regrouped in the afternoon and was even par on the front side. Going into the final nine, Williams was still 3-down, and a bogey at the 30th hole just about sealed the contest. Harper won the match on the 33rd hole, to become the second Virginian in a row to win the PGA Championship.

Road to the Finals
Harper (J.H.) Chandler beatRoundHenry Williams Jr. beat
Fred Annon,  5 and 3 First Round
(18 Holes)
William Heinlein,  5 and 3
Dick Metz,  1-up Second Round
(18 Holes)
Emery Thomas,  6 and 5
Bob Toski,  2 and 1 Third Round
(18 Holes)
Claude Harmon,  1-up(38)
Lloyd Mangrum,  1-up Quarter Final
(36 Holes)
Dave Douglas,  1-up
Jimmy Demaret,  2 and 1 Semi Final
(36 Holes)
Henry Picard,  1-up(38)
Sam Byrd     Snead
1-up
Sam Snead    
Eddie Burke     Burke
2 and 1
Pete Lamb    
Jack Ryan     Schmutte
1-up
Leonard Schmutte    
Dale Andreason     Gafford
4 and 2
Raymond Gafford    
Augie Nordone     Shute
1-up
Denny Shute    
Bob Tucker     Vines
5 and 3
Ellsworth Vines    
Rod Munday     Munday
1-up
Joe Zarhardt    
Jimmy Demaret     Demaret
1-up
Charley Farlow    
Pete Cooper     Mangrum
4 and 3
Lloyd Mangrum    
Skip Alexander     Alexander
4 and 3
George Buck    
Chick Harbert     Harbert
6 and 5
Herman Scharlau    
Toney Penna     Williams
3 and 2
Harold Williams    
Al Smith     Toski
2 and 1
Bob Toski    
George Fazio     Fazio
4 and 3
Frank Staszowski    
Vic Ghezzi     Metz
2 and 1
Dick Metz    
Fred Annon     Chandler
5 and 3
Harper (J.H.) Chandler    
Al Brosch     Brosch
2 and 1
Charles Sheppard    
Claude Harmon     Harmon
2 and 1
Paul Runyan    
William Heinlein     Williams Jr.
5 and 3
Henry Williams Jr.    
Errie Ball     Thomas
2 and 1
Emery Thomas    
Frank Commisso     Ferrier
3 and 2
Jim Ferrier    
Gene Kunes Sr.     Reed
2 - up
Elmer Reed    
Dave Douglas     Douglas
3 and 1
Marty Furgol    
Jimmy Hines     Hines
1-up
Harold Whittington    
Charles Bassler     Shafer
1-up
George Shafer    
Jackson Bradley     Bradley
1-up
Leland Gibson    
Bob Hamilton     Picard
1-up(20)
Henry Picard    
Sam Bernardi     Doser
2-up
Clarence Doser    
Jerry Gianferante     Worsham
2 and 1
Lew Worsham    
Johnny Palmer     Palmer
4 and 3
Joe Taylor    
Jack Hutchison Jr.     Watrous
1-up
Al Watrous    
Ray Hill     Kroll
5 and 4
Ted Kroll    
Burke
1-up
Gafford
1-up
Shute
4 and 3
Demaret
5 and 3
Mangrum
1-up
Harbert
5 and 3
Toski
1-up
Chandler
1-up
Harmon
2 and 1
Williams Jr.
6 and 5
Reed
5 and 4
Douglas
5 and 4
Bradley
4 and 3
Picard
4 and 2
Palmer
4 and 2
Kroll
2 and 1
Gafford
4 and 3
Demaret
4 and 3
Mangrum
6 and 5
Chandler
2 and 1
Williams Jr.
1-up(38)
Douglas
3 and 2
Picard
1-up
Palmer
1-up
Demaret
5 and 4
Chandler
1-up
Williams Jr.
1-up
Picard
10 and 8
 
Chandler
2 and 1
 
 
Williams Jr.
1-up(38)
 
Chandler
4 and 3