1927 PGA Championship

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1927 PGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates October 31 –
November 5, 1927
Location Dallas, Texas
Course(s) Cedar Crest Country Club
Organized by PGA of America
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Match play - 5 rounds
Par 71
Field 63 players,[2]
32 to match play
Cut 154 (+12), playoff
Prize fund $15,441[1]
United States Walter Hagen
def. Joe Turnesa, 1 up
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Dallas  is located in the US
Location in the United States
Dallas  is located in Texas
Location in Texas

The 1927 PGA Championship was the 10th PGA Championship, held October 31 to November 5 in Texas at Cedar Crest Country Club in Dallas. Then a match play championship, Walter Hagen defeated Joe Turnesa 1 up in the finals to win his fourth consecutive PGA Championship,[3][4][5] his fifth and final overall, and the ninth of his eleven major titles.

The victory ran Hagen's match record at the PGA Championship in the 1920s to 30–1

(.968), falling only to Gene Sarazen in 38 holes in the 1923 finals. With his fourth consecutive title, his winning streak stood at twenty matches. Hagen, age 34, was also the medalist in the 36-hole qualifier on Monday at 141 (–1).[2]

The course, south of downtown Dallas, was designed by A. W. Tillinghast and opened in 1919. It hosted the Dallas Open less than two years earlier in January 1926, won by Macdonald Smith.[6][7] The country club closed in 1929 and the course was purchased by the City of Dallas in 1946 and it continues as a public facility.

At the time, this was the furthest west and south that a major championship had been held. The western limit had been Illinois for multiple majors, and the southern-most venues had been Indiana for the PGA Championship in 1924 and Maryland for the U.S. Open in 1921. Two years later in 1929, the PGA Championship was played in Los Angeles, California.


The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1927 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, 1926
5–0 Champion 1
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922, 1923 2–1 Quarterfinals T5

Final results[edit]

Saturday, November 5, 1927

Place Player Country
1 Walter Hagen  United States
2 Joe Turnesa  United States
T3 Al Espinosa  United States
Johnny Golden  United States
T5 Tommy Armour  United States
Mortie Dutra  United States
Francis Gallett  United States
Gene Sarazen  United States

Final eight bracket[edit]

November 3
November 4
November 5
Walter Hagen 4&3
Tommy Armour
Walter Hagen 1up
Al Espinosa
Al Espinosa 1up
Mortie Dutra
Walter Hagen 1up
Joe Turnesa
Joe Turnesa 3&2
Gene Sarazen
Joe Turnesa 7&6
Johnny Golden
Johnny Golden 4&2
Francis Gallett


  1. ^ a b "Tournament Info for: 1927 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Hagen leads pro golfers with 141". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. November 1, 1927. p. 11. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
  3. ^ "Hagen, Turnesa fight today for golf pro title". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. November 5, 1927. p. 23.
  4. ^ "Hagen defeats Turnesa, one up; keeps pro title". Chicago Sunday Tribune. Associated Press. November 6, 1927. p. 8, sec. 2.
  5. ^ "Hagen retains his pro crown". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. November 6, 1927. p. 1-sec 3. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
  6. ^ "Mac Smith snares Dallas Open title". New York Times. Associated Press. January 26, 1926. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  7. ^ "Smith is winner of Dallas Open". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. January 25, 1926. p. 18.

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Coordinates: 32°43′19″N 96°47′49″W / 32.722°N 96.797°W / 32.722; -96.797