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1930 PGA Championship

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Dates  September 8–13, 1930
Organized by  PGA of America
Format  Match play - 5 rounds
Location  Flushing, New York
Tour(s)  PGA Tour
1930 PGA Championship
Course(s)  Fresh Meadow Country Club (original course)

The 1930 PGA Championship was the 13th PGA Championship, held September 8–13 at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Flushing, New York. Then a match play championship, Tommy Armour defeated Gene Sarazen 1 up in the finals for the second of his three major titles.


Johnny Farrell and Horton Smith were co-medalists at 145 (+5) in the 36-hole stroke play qualifier on Monday. Two-time defending champion Leo Diegel lost in the second round to Harold Sampson in 38 holes, ending his bid for a third straight title. Runner-up Sarazen was the club pro at Fresh Meadow; he previously won the PGA Championship in 1922 and 1923.

During the Monday qualifier, Diegel shot 81 in the morning round, and was in danger of not advancing to match play. He followed up with a 69 in the afternoon and his 150 put him only five strokes behind the medalists, in a tie for 8th place, easily within the top 32. Starting in 1931, the defending champion was exempt from qualifying.

The course where this PGA Championship was played in Queens no longer exists. Designed by A. W. Tillinghast, it opened in 1923 and also hosted the U.S. Open in 1932, won by Sarazen. Under increasing development and tax pressure, the Fresh Meadow Country Club sold the property in 1946, which was developed as a residential neighborhood (the Fresh Meadows section of Queens). The club then purchased the property, clubhouse, and golf course of the defunct Lakeville Golf & Country Club in Lake Success, its current home.


The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1930 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
  • Failed to qualify


    Final results

    Saturday, September 13, 1930


    1930 PGA Championship Wikipedia

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