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1955 PGA Championship

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Dates  July 20–26, 1955
Tour(s)  PGA Tour
Organized by  PGA of America
Format  Match play - 6 rounds
1955 PGA Championship
Location  Northville Twp, Michigan
Course(s)  Meadowbrook Country Club

The 1955 PGA Championship was the 37th PGA Championship, held July 20–26 at Meadowbrook Country Club in Northville Township, Michigan, northwest of nearby Detroit. Doug Ford won the match play championship, 4 & 3 over Cary Middlecoff in the Tuesday final; the winner's share was $5,000 and the runner-up's was $3,000.


Ford was also the medalist in the stroke-play qualifying with a 135 (−7); he was the last medalist as the format was changed in 1956 to seven rounds without a qualifier for two years, then to 72-hole stroke play in 1958.

This was the first of two major titles for Ford, who also won the Masters in 1957.

Defending champion Chick Harbert was defeated in the second round by Johnny Palmer, 1 up. No former champion advanced past the second round.

This was second time in three years the PGA Championship was played near Detroit; the 1953 event was played at Birmingham Country Club in Birmingham, about 20 miles (30 km) northeast.


The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1955 called for 12 rounds (216 holes) in seven days:

  • Wednesday and Thursday – 36-hole stroke play qualifier, 18 holes per day;
  • defending champion Chick Harbert and the 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 26, 1955


    1955 PGA Championship Wikipedia

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