1928 PGA Championship

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1928 PGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates October 1–6, 1928
Location Lutherville, Maryland
Course(s) Baltimore Country Club
Five Farms (East) Course
Organized by PGA of America
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Match play - 5 rounds
Statistics
Par 70[1]
Field 63 players,[1]
32 to match play
Cut 160 (+20)
Prize fund $10,400[2]
Champion
United States Leo Diegel
def. Al Espinosa, 6 & 5
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The 1928 PGA Championship was the 11th PGA Championship, held October 1–6 at the Five Farms Course of the Baltimore Country Club in Lutherville, Maryland, north of Baltimore. Then a match play championship, Leo Diegel defeated Al Espinosa 6 & 5 in the finals to win the first of his two consecutive titles.[3]

Prior to the finals, Diegel defeated both Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen, the winners of the previous seven PGA Championships, in the two preceding matches. He prevailed 2 & 1 over nemesis Hagen in the quarterfinals[4] and 9 & 8 over Sarazen in the semifinals.[3][5] Diegel had lost to Hagen in the 1925 quarterfinals (40 holes) and the 1926 finals.

Five-time champion Hagen had won 22 consecutive matches and four straight titles at the PGA Championship. Prior to his loss to Diegel in the quarterfinals, his match record in the 1920s was 32–1 (.946), falling only to Sarazen in 38 holes in the 1923 finals.

The Five Farms Course, now the East Course, was designed by A. W. Tillinghast and opened two years earlier in September 1926.[6]

Diegel continued the tradition of repeat champions and successfully defended his title in 1929.

Format[edit]

The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1928 called for 12 rounds (216 holes) in six days:[2]

  • 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 Year(s) won Record Advanced to Finish
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922, 1923 3–1 Semifinals T3
Jock Hutchison  Scotland 1920 2–1 Quarterfinals T5
Walter Hagen  United States 1921, 1924,
1925, 1926, 1927
2–1 Quarterfinals T5
Jim Barnes  England 1916, 1919 1–1 Second round T9

Final results[edit]

Saturday, October 6, 1928

Place Player Country
1 Leo Diegel  United States
2 Al Espinosa  United States
T3 Gene Sarazen  United States
Horton Smith  United States
T5 Perry Del Vecchio  United States
Ed Dudley  United States
Walter Hagen  United States
Jock Hutchison  Scotland
 United States

Final eight bracket[edit]

Quarter-finals
October 4
Semi-finals
October 5
Finals
October 6
         
Leo Diegel 2&1
Walter Hagen
Leo Diegel 9&8
Gene Sarazen
Gene Sarazen 7&6
Ed Dudley
Leo Diegel 6&5
Al Espinosa
Al Espinosa 5&4
Jock Hutchison
Al Espinosa 6&5
Horton Smith
Horton Smith 2up
Perry Del Vecchio

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Vosburgh, F.G. (October 2, 1928). "Al Espinosa heads field in pro meet". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. p. 11. 
  2. ^ a b "Tournament Info for: 1928 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Rice, Lester (October 7, 1928). "Diegel cinches pro golf title". Milwaukee Sentinel. United Service Correspondence. p. 1-sec 3. 
  4. ^ Vosbrough, F.G. (October 5, 1928). "Diegel beats Walter Hagen in pro event". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. p. 15. 
  5. ^ Vosburgh, F.G. (October 6, 1928). "Espinosa and Diegel survive". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. p. 13. 
  6. ^ "Legacy". Baltimore Country Club. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°26′31″N 76°39′47″W / 39.442°N 76.663°W / 39.442; -76.663