1926 PGA Championship

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1926 PGA Championship
Tournament information
DatesSeptember 20–25, 1926
LocationEast Meadow, New York
Course(s)Salisbury Golf Club
Organized byPGA of America
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatMatch play - 5 rounds
Field65 players,[2]
32 to match play
Cut155 (+11), playoff
Prize fund$11,100[1]
United States Walter Hagen
def. Leo Diegel, 5 & 3
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1927 →
Salisbury GC is located in the US
Salisbury GC
Salisbury GC
Location in the United States
Salisbury GC is located in New York
Salisbury GC
Salisbury GC
Location in New York

The 1926 PGA Championship was the ninth PGA Championship, held September 20–25 at Salisbury Golf Club on Long Island in East Meadow, New York. Then a match play championship, Walter Hagen defeated Leo Diegel 5 & 3 in the finals to win his third consecutive PGA Championship,[3] his fourth overall, and the eighth of his eleven major titles.

The victory ran Hagen's match record at the PGA Championship in the 1920s to 25–1 (.962), falling only to Gene Sarazen in 38 holes in the 1923 finals. With his third consecutive title, his winning streak stood at fifteen matches. Hagen was also the medalist in the 36-hole qualifier on Monday at 140 (–4).[2] Through 2013, he remains the only winner of three consecutive PGA Championships.

Hagen won the following year in 1927 for his fourth consecutive title, but Diegel stopped the streak in 1928 and repeated in 1929. In both years, Diegel defeated both Hagen and Gene Sarazen, the only winners of the title from 1921 through 1927, in the quarterfinals and semifinals. Hagen had previously stopped Diegel in the 1925 quarterfinals in 40 holes.

Devereux Emmet designed the course in 1914. The 90-hole Salisbury Golf Club ran into financial difficulty during the 1930s and its land was acquired by Nassau County. Originally "Nassau County Park at Salisbury" in 1944, it was renamed Eisenhower Park in 1969. The 1926 venue presently exists as the Red Course; it hosted the Commerce Bank Championship on the Champions Tour as recently as 2008. Eisenhower Park also includes two additional 18-hole courses, Blue and White.


The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1926 called for 12 rounds (216 holes) in six days:[1]

  • Monday – 36-hole stroke play qualifier
    • top 32 professionals advanced to match play
  • Tuesday – first round – 36 holes
  • Wednesday – second round – 36 holes
  • Thursday – quarterfinals – 36 holes
  • Friday – semifinals – 36 holes
  • Saturday – final – 36 holes

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Years won Record Advanced to Finish
Walter Hagen  United States 1921, 1924, 1925 5–0 Champion 1
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922, 1923 1–1 Second round T9
Jim Barnes  England 1916, 1919 0–1 First round T17

Final results[edit]

Saturday, September 25, 1926

Place Player Country
1 Walter Hagen  United States
2 Leo Diegel  United States
T3 Johnny Farrell  United States
Johnny Golden  United States
T5 George Christ  United States
Pat Doyle  Ireland
Abe Espinosa  United States
Harry Hampton  United States

Final eight bracket[edit]

September 23
September 24
September 25
Walter Hagen 6&5
Pat Doyle
Walter Hagen 6&5
Johnny Farrell
Johnny Farrell 3&1
Harry Hampton
Walter Hagen 4&3
Leo Diegel
Leo Diegel 3&2
Abe Espinosa
Leo Diegel 1up
Johnny Golden
Johnny Golden 7&6
George Christ


  1. ^ a b "Tournament Info for: 1926 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Rice, Lester (September 21, 1926). "Hagen with 140 tops pro golf qualifying rounds". Milwaukee Sentinel. Universal Service. p. 12.
  3. ^ Vischer, Peter (September 26, 1926). "Walter Hagen beats Diegel for pro title". Miami Daily News. New York World News Service. p. 15.

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