1929 PGA Championship

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1929 PGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates December 2–7, 1929
Location Los Angeles, California
Course(s) Hillcrest Country Club
Organized by PGA of America
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Match play - 5 rounds
Statistics
Par 71[1]
Field 32 to match play
Cut 149 (+7), playoff
Prize fund $5,000[2]
Winner's share $1,000[1]
Champion
United States Leo Diegel
def. Johnny Farrell, 6 & 4
Los Angeles is located in the US
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Location in the United States
Los Angeles is located in California
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Location in California
Hillcrest CC is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Hillcrest CC
Hillcrest CC
Location in Los Angeles

The 1929 PGA Championship was the 12th PGA Championship, held December 2–7 at Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles, California. Then a match play championship, defending champion Leo Diegel defeated Johnny Farrell 6 & 4 in the finals to win the second of his two major titles.[1][3]

Like the year before, Diegel defeated both Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen on his way to the title; this year he won 3 & 2 over both, Sarazen in the quarterfinals[4] and Hagen in the semifinals.[5]

Prior to his loss to Diegel in the semifinals, five-time champion Hagen was 35–2 (.946) in match play at the PGA Championship in the 1920s, losing only to Sarazen in 38 holes in the 1923 finals, and Diegel 2 & 1 in the 1928 quarterfinals. Hagen's victory over Tony Manero in the 1929 quarterfinals was his last match win at the PGA Championship until 1940; he was winless in the 1930s with five first round losses.

This was the first major championship played in the western United States; it was originally scheduled to be played in Santa Barbara.[6] The PGA Championship returned to the west a dozen years later in 1941 in Colorado.

In the Cheviot Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, Hillcrest later hosted the Los Angeles Open on the PGA Tour in 1932 and 1942, the latter won by Ben Hogan in an 18-hole playoff.[7]

Format[edit]

The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1929 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
Leo Diegel  United States 1928 5–0 Champion 1
Walter Hagen  United States 1921, 1924,
1925, 1926, 1927
3–1 Semifinals T3
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922, 1923 2–1 Quarterfinals T5

Final results[edit]

Saturday, December 7, 1929

Place Player Country
1 Leo Diegel  United States
2 Johnny Farrell  United States
T3 Walter Hagen  United States
Al Watrous  United States
T5 Al Espinosa  United States
Tony Manero  United States
Gene Sarazen  United States
Craig Wood  United States

Final eight bracket[edit]

Quarter-finals
December 5
Semi-finals
December 6
Finals
December 7
                 
Leo Diegel 3&2
Gene Sarazen
Leo Diegel 3&2
Walter Hagen
Walter Hagen 6&5
Tony Manero
Leo Diegel 6&4
Johnny Farrell
Johnny Farrell 37h
Craig Wood
Johnny Farrell 6&5
Al Watrous
Al Watrous 2up
Al Espinosa

Final match scorecards[edit]

Morning

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
United States Diegel 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 5 4 5 5 5 5 4 5 3 4 6
United States Farrell 4 3 5 5 7 4 3 4 3 4 5 3 4 5 4 3 3 5
Leader D1 D2 D3 D4 D3 D2 D1 D1 D2 D1 D1 D1 D1 D1 F1

Afternoon

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
United States Diegel 3 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 3 5 3 3 4 Diegel wins
6 & 4
United States Farrell 5 3 4 5 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 4 4 5
Leader D1 D1 D1 D1 D2 D3 D3 D4 D5 D6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Newland, Russell J. (December 8, 1929). "Diegel captures pro golf title". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. p. 2-C. 
  2. ^ a b "Tournament Info for: 1929 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Diegel beats Farrell, 6 up; holds pro title". Chicago Sunday Tribune. Associated Press. December 8, 1929. p. 1, sec. 2. 
  4. ^ "P.G.A. tournament reaches semi-finals". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Associated Press. December 6, 1929. p. 21. 
  5. ^ "Diegel and Farrell P.G.A. finalists". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Associated Press. December 7, 1929. p. 21. 
  6. ^ "West to get P.G.A. golf". Montreal Gazette. November 22, 1928. p. 17. 
  7. ^ "Hogan wins $10,000 golf playoff, 72 to 73". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. January 14, 1942. p. 25. 

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