| July 9–15, 1939|
Pomonok Country Club
| Queens, New York, U.S.|
PGA of America
Match play - 6 rounds
The 1939 PGA Championship was the 22nd PGA Championship, held July 9–15 at Pomonok Country Club in Queens, New York. Then a match play championship, Henry Picard won his only PGA Championship, defeating Byron Nelson with a birdie at the 37th hole. It was the second of Picard's two major titles; he won the Masters in 1938. Nelson won the U.S. Open three months earlier and the next PGA Championship in 1940. Beginning in 1939, he made five finals in six PGA Championships, and won his second title in 1945.
Defending champion Paul Runyan lost in the quarterfinals to Dick Metz.
This PGA Championship was held during the 1939 New York World's Fair. The golf course no longer exists; Pomonok Country Club disbanded in 1949 and the property was developed for residences.
1939 PGA Championship Wikipedia
The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1939 called for 12 rounds (216 holes) in seven days:Sunday and Monday – 36-hole stroke play qualifier, 18 holes per day;
defending champion 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
Saturday. July 15, 1939