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1949 PGA Championship

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Dates  May 25–31, 1949
Organized by  PGA of America
Format  Match play - 6 rounds
Course(s)  Hermitage Country Club
Tour(s)  PGA Tour
1949 PGA Championship
Location  Richmond, Virginia, U.S.

The 1949 PGA Championship was the 31st PGA Championship, held May 25–31 at Hermitage Country Club in Lakeside, Virginia, north of Richmond. Native Virginian Sam Snead won the match play championship, 3 & 2 over Johnny Palmer in the Tuesday final; the winner's share was $3,500 and the runner-up's was $1,500.


It was the second of Snead's three wins in the PGA Championship, and the fourth of his seven major titles. At age 37, Snead was the oldest to win the PGA Championship; he won again two years later in 1951.

Defending champion Ben Hogan did not play in any of the majors during the 1949 season, following a near-fatal automobile accident in early February. He did not enter the PGA Championship again until 1960, its third year as a stroke play event.

Snead won the Masters in April; this was the first time the Masters champion had won the PGA Championship in the same calendar year. Through 2015, it has only been accomplished four times: Snead was followed by Jack Burke, Jr. in 1956 and Jack Nicklaus in 1963 and 1975.

The medalist in the stroke play qualifier was unsung Ray Hill of Louisiana, who advanced to the quarterfinals.


The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1949 called for 12 rounds (216 holes) in seven days:

  • Wednesday and Thursday – 36-hole stroke play qualifier, 18 holes per day;
  • the top 64 professionals advanced to match play
  • defending champion Ben Hogan did not enter, out for the season with injuries from an automobile accident
  • 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


    Final results

    Tuesday, May 31, 1949


    1949 PGA Championship Wikipedia

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