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1936 PGA Championship

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Dates  November 16–22, 1936
Tour(s)  PGA Tour
Organized by  PGA of America
Format  Match play - 6 rounds
1936 PGA Championship
Location  Pinehurst, North Carolina
Course(s)  Pinehurst Resort No. 2 Course

The 1936 PGA Championship was the 19th PGA Championship, held November 16–22 at Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Then a match play championship, Denny Shute won the first of his consecutive PGA Championships, defeating Jimmy Thomson 3 & 2 on the No. 2 Course.


It was Shute's second major title; his first was at the British Open in 1933 at St. Andrews. He previously made the finals at the PGA Championship in 1931.

Fay Coleman was the medalist in the stroke play qualifier at 143 (–1). Five-time champion Walter Hagen and two-time winner Leo Diegel both shot 157 (+13), one stroke out of the playoff. Defending champion Johnny Revolta lost in the second round to Harold "Jug" McSpaden in 19 holes.

Shute repeated as champion less than seven months later in May 1937. He was the last to successfully defend his title at the PGA Championship until Tiger Woods won consecutive titles in 1999 and 2000 and again in 2006 and 2007.


The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1936 called for 12 rounds (216 holes) in seven days:

  • Monday and Tuesday – 36-hole stroke play qualifier, 18 holes per day;
  • defending champion Johnny Revolta and top 63 professionals advanced to match play
  • Wednesday – first two rounds, 18 holes each
  • Thursday – third round – 36 holes
  • Friday – quarterfinals – 36 holes
  • Saturday – semifinals – 36 holes
  • Sunday – final – 36 holes
  • Failed to qualify


    Final results

    Sunday, November 22, 1936


    1936 PGA Championship Wikipedia

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