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1939 PGA Championship

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Dates  July 9–15, 1939
Course(s)  Pomonok Country Club
Tour(s)  PGA Tour
Location  Queens, New York, U.S.
Organized by  PGA of America
Format  Match play - 6 rounds
1939 PGA Championship

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.


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
  • Failed to qualify


    Final results

    Saturday. July 15, 1939



    1939 PGA Championship Wikipedia

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