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1938 PGA Championship

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Dates  July 10–16, 1938
Organized by  PGA of America
Format  Match play - 6 rounds
Course(s)  Shawnee Country Club
Tour(s)  PGA Tour
1938 PGA Championship
Location  Smithfield Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.

The 1938 PGA Championship was the 21st PGA Championship, held July 10–16 at Shawnee Country Club in Smithfield Township, Pennsylvania.


Then a match play championship, Paul Runyan won his second PGA Championship, defeating the favored Sam Snead 8 & 7. Nicknamed "Little Poison," Runyan was one of the shorter hitters on tour, while Snead was one of the longest. Runyan was five holes up after the morning round, then needed just eleven holes to finish off Snead, the largest victory margin ever in the match play finals of the PGA Championship. He won the title four years earlier in 1934.

Two-time defending champion Denny Shute lost in the third round to semifinalist Jimmy Hines.

The course is on an island in the Delaware River, east of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.


The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1938 called for 12 rounds (216 holes) in seven days:

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

    Saturday, July 16, 1938



  • You Tube – 1938 PGA Championship final
  • References

    1938 PGA Championship Wikipedia

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