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
Saturday, December 7, 1929