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1954 PGA Championship

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Dates  July 21–27, 1954
Organized by  PGA of America
Format  Match play - 6 rounds
Course(s)  Keller Golf Club
Tour(s)  PGA Tour
1954 PGA Championship
Location  Maplewood, Minnesota, U.S.

The 1954 PGA Championship was the 36th PGA Championship, held July 21–27 at Keller Golf Club in Maplewood, Minnesota, a suburb north of St. Paul. Chick Harbert won the match play championship, 4 & 3 over defending champion Walter Burkemo in the Tuesday final; the winner's share was $5,000 and the runner-up's was $3,000.


It marked the second time the PGA Championship returned to a venue; public Keller had also hosted in 1932; Oakmont near Pittsburgh hosted in 1922 and 1951. It was the third and last final for the two finalists; each had one victory and two losses. Harbert lost in 1947 and 1952, while Burkemo lost in 1951 and won in 1953.

Ed "Porky" Oliver was the medalist in the stroke-play qualifying with a 136 (−6); he fell in the third round 3&1 to eventual champion Harbert.


The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1954 called for 12 rounds (216 holes) in seven days:

  • Wednesday and Thursday – 36-hole stroke play qualifier, 18 holes per day;
  • the defending champion Walter Burkemo 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


    Final results

    Tuesday, July 27, 1954


    1954 PGA Championship Wikipedia

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