1930 PGA Championship

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1930 PGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates September 8–13, 1930
Location Flushing, New York
Course(s) Fresh Meadow Country Club
(original course)
Organized by PGA of America
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Match play - 5 rounds
Statistics
Par 70[1]
Length 6,500 yards (5,940 m)[1]
Field 32 to match play
Cut 158 (+18), playoff[3]
Prize fund $10,300[2]
Winner's share $1,000
Champion
ScotlandUnited States Tommy Armour
def. Gene Sarazen, 1 up
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New York City is located in the US
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Location in the United States
Fresh Meadow CC  is located in New York
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Fresh Meadow CC 
Location in New York
Fresh Meadow CC  is located in New York City
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Fresh Meadow CC 
Location in New York City

The 1930 PGA Championship was the 13th PGA Championship, held September 8–13 in New York City at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Flushing, Queens. Then a match play championship, Tommy Armour defeated Gene Sarazen 1 up in the finals for the second of his three major titles.[4][5]

Johnny Farrell and Horton Smith were co-medalists at 145 (+5) in the 36-hole stroke play qualifier on Monday.[3][6] Two-time defending champion Leo Diegel lost in the second round to Harold Sampson in 38 holes, ending his bid for a third straight title.[7] Runner-up Sarazen was the club pro at Fresh Meadow; he previously won the PGA Championship in 1922 and 1923.[5][8]

During the 36-hole Monday qualifier, Diegel shot 81 in the morning round and was in danger of not advancing to match play, he followed up with a 69 (–1) in the afternoon and his 150 (+10) put him only five strokes behind the medalists, in a tie for 8th place, easily within the top 32.[3] Starting in 1931, the defending champion was exempt from qualifying.

The course where this PGA Championship was played in Queens no longer exists. Designed by A. W. Tillinghast, it opened in 1923 and also hosted the U.S. Open in 1932, won by Sarazen. Under increasing development and tax pressure, the Fresh Meadow Country Club sold the property in 1946, which was developed as a residential neighborhood (the Fresh Meadows section of Queens), the club then purchased the property, clubhouse, and golf course of the defunct Lakeville Golf & Country Club in Lake Success, its current home.[9]

Format[edit]

The match play format at the PGA Championship in 1930 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 Years won Record Advanced to Finish
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922, 1923 4–1 Finals 2
Leo Diegel  United States 1928, 1929 1–1 Second round T9

Failed to qualify[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won
Jim Barnes  England 1916, 1919
Walter Hagen  United States 1921, 1924,
1925, 1926, 1927
Jock Hutchison  Scotland 1920
  • Barnes, Hagen, and Hutchison did not advance past sectional qualifying

Source:[2][10]

Final results[edit]

Saturday, September 13, 1930

Place Player Country Money ($)
1 Tommy Armour  Scotland
 United States
1,000
2 Gene Sarazen  United States 500
T3 Joe Kirkwood  Australia 250
Charles Lacey  United States
T5 Al Espinosa  United States 200
Johnny Farrell  United States
Harold Sampson  United States
Horton Smith  United States

Final eight bracket[edit]

Quarter-finals
September 11
Semi-finals
September 12
Finals
September 13
                 
Tommy Armour 2&1
Johnny Farrell
Tommy Armour 1up
Charles Lacey
Charles Lacey 4&3
Harold Sampson
Tommy Armour 1up
Gene Sarazen
Gene Sarazen 2&1
Al Espinosa
Gene Sarazen 5&4
Joe Kirkwood
Joe Kirkwood 1up
Horton Smith

Final match scorecards[edit]

Morning

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
ScotlandUnited States Armour 4 4 4 4 5 4 5 4 2 4 5 3 4 2 4 5 4 4
United States Sarazen 4 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 5 2 5 5 5 4
Leader S1 S1 S1 S1 S2 S2 S1 S1 S2 S2 S1 S1 A1 A1

Afternoon

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
ScotlandUnited States Armour 5 4 4 2 6 4 4 5 3 4 3 4 4 3 5 5 4 4
United States Sarazen 4 4 5 2 5 4 4 5 3 3 4 3 4 4 5 5 4 5
Leader A1 A1 S1 S1 S1 A1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Golf pros in annual tourney". Youngstown Daily Vindicator. (Ohio). Associated Press. September 8, 1930. p. 8. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Tournament Info for: 1930 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Farrell and Horton Smith tied for lead". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. United News. September 9, 1930. p. 14. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Armour rallies to beat Sarazen for professional golf title". Chicago Sunday Tribune. September 14, 1930. p. 1, sec. 2. 
  5. ^ a b Bell, Brian (September 14, 1930). "Tommy Armour beats Gene Sarazen for P.G.A. title". Youngstown Daily Vindicator. (Ohio). Associated Press. p. C-1. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ Pegler, Westbrook (September 9, 1930). "Ferrell, Smith lead pros with rounds of 145". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 21. 
  7. ^ "Diegel out of P.G.A. tourney". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. United News. September 11, 1930. p. 14. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Armour meets Gene Sarazen". Youngstown Daily Vindicator. (Ohio). Associated Press. September 13, 1930. p. 7. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ "About FMCC". Fresh Meadow Country Club. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Diegel defends title in P.G.A. tourney today". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. September 8, 1930. p. 21. 

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