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1929 PGA Championship

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Dates  December 2–7, 1929
Organized by  PGA of America
Format  Match play - 5 rounds
Course(s)  Hillcrest Country Club
Tour(s)  PGA Tour
1929 PGA Championship
Location  Los Angeles, California

The 1929 PGA Championship was the 12th PGA Championship, held December 2–7 at Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles, California. Then a match play championship, defending champion Leo Diegel defeated Johnny Farrell 6 & 4 in the finals to win the second of his two major titles.


Like the year before, Diegel defeated both Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen on his way to the title; this year he won 3 & 2 over both, Sarazen in the quarterfinals and Hagen in the semifinals.

Prior to his loss to Diegel in the semifinals, five-time champion Hagen was 35–2 (.946) in match play at the PGA Championship in the 1920s, losing only to Sarazen in 38 holes in the 1923 finals, and Diegel 2 & 1 in the 1928 quarterfinals. Hagen's victory over Tony Manero in the 1929 quarterfinals was his last match win at the PGA Championship until 1940; he was winless in the 1930s with five first round losses.

This was the first major championship played in the western United States; it was originally scheduled to be played in Santa Barbara.


The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1929 called for 12 rounds (216 holes) in six days:

  • Monday – 36-hole stroke play qualifier
  • top 32 professionals advanced to match play
  • Tuesday – first round – 36 holes
  • Wednesday – second round – 36 holes
  • Thursday – quarterfinals – 36 holes
  • Friday – semifinals – 36 holes
  • Saturday – final – 36 holes
  • Final results

    Saturday, December 7, 1929


    1929 PGA Championship Wikipedia

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