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1947 PGA Championship

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Dates  June 18–24, 1947
Tour(s)  PGA Tour
Organized by  PGA of America
Format  Match play - 6 rounds
1947 PGA Championship

Location  Southfield, Michigan, U.S.
Course(s)  Plum Hollow Country Club

The 1947 PGA Championship was the 29th PGA Championship, held June 18–24 at Plum Hollow Country Club in Southfield, Michigan, a suburb northwest of Detroit. Jim Ferrier won the match play championship, 2 & 1 over Chick Harbert in the Tuesday final; the winner's share was $3,500 and the runner-up's was $1,500. It was the only major title for Ferrier, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Australia.


Defending champion Ben Hogan was defeated 3 & 1 in the first round by Toney Penna, who was seven-under for the 17 holes. Jimmy Demaret earned $250 as the medalist in the stroke play qualifier at 137 (–7), but was also eliminated in the first round. Sam Snead lost in the second round to three-time champion Gene Sarazen. Hogan regained the title in 1948.

The last three majors were held within several weeks in 1947: the U.S. Open was concluded several days earlier in St. Louis, Missouri. Lew Worsham defeated Sam Snead by a stroke in an 18-hole playoff on Sunday, June 15. The British Open was played the first week of July in England.

This was the first PGA Championship scheduled to conclude on Tuesday, which continued through 1956. Two-time champion Byron Nelson did not compete; his final PGA Championship was the previous year.


The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1947 called for 12 rounds (216 holes) in seven days:

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

    Runyan did not advance in the eleven-way playoff for the one final spot in the match play field.

    Final results

    Tuesday, June 24, 1947


    1947 PGA Championship Wikipedia