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1958 PGA Championship
Recap and Scores for the 1958 PGA Championship Golf Tournament

A year earlier, Dow Finsterwald lost in the finals of the last PGA Championship played at match play. This year, Finsterwald won the first PGA Championship played at stroke play.

Finsterwald won the 1958 PGA Championship by passing up Sam Snead and Billy Casper with a final-round 67. Finsterwald trailed Snead by two strokes and Casper by one at the start of the fourth round, but Casper - who was making his first appearance in a PGA Championship - shot 70, and Snead carded a 73.

Casper wasn't the only young player making his PGA Championship debut in 1958. Arnold Palmer also played the PGA for the first time, finishing tied for 40th. Casper went on to win 51 PGA Tour titles, and Palmer to win 62. But neither one ever won the PGA Championship.

Why did the PGA of America switch to stroke play in 1958? It likely had to do with wanting a larger audience for the championship - and with television. The 1958 PGA Championship was the first one to be televised, but the television network was showing only the final four holes. In match play, not only are some stars likely to be eliminated early, but matches often end before reaching the 18th hole. With television networks coming on board, the PGA likely felt that stroke play was the better format for building fan interest - and keeping the TV networks interested.

1958 PGA Championship Scores
Results from the 1958 PGA Championship golf tournament played at the par-70 Llanerch Country Club in Havertown, Pennsylvania:

Dow Finsterwald 67-72-70-67--276 $5,500
Billy Casper 73-67-68-70--278 $3,500
Sam Snead 73-67-67-73--280 $2,400
Jack Burke Jr. 70-72-69-70--281 $2,000
Tommy Bolt 72-70-73-70--285 $1,600
Julius Boros 72-68-73-72--285 $1,600
Jay Hebert 68-71-73-73--285 $1,600
Buster Cupit 71-74-69-73--287 $1,300
Ed Oliver 74-73-71-69--287 $1,300
Mike Souchak 75-69-69-74--287 $1,300
Doug Ford 72-70-70-76--288 $1,016
Bob Rosburg 71-73-76-68--288 $1,016
Art Wall 71-78-67-72--288 $1,016
Fred Hawkins 72-75-70-73--290 $875
Dick Mayer 69-76-69-76--290 $875
John Barnum 75-69-74-73--291 $740
Walter Burkemo 76-73-66-76--291 $740
Lionel Hebert 69-73-74-75--291 $740
Bo Wininger 76-73-69-73--291 $740
Ted Kroll 69-74-75-74--292 $566
Cary Middlecoff 71-73-76-72--292 $566
Eric Monti 73-71-73-75--292 $566
Bob Toski 79-70-71-72--292 $566
Ken Venturi 72-73-74-73--292 $566
Pete Cooper 74-77-73-69--293 $425
George Fazio 72-74-73-74--293 $425
Bob Gajda 75-70-75-73--293 $425
Billy Maxwell 75-69-74-75--293 $425
Dick Shoemaker 79-72-73-70--294 $335
Don Whitt 71-72-73-78--294 $335
Mike Fetchick 74-76-71-74--295 $270
Frank Stranahan 76-76-74-69--295 $270
Errie Ball 79-72-72-73--296 $220
Tom Talkington 75-73-73-75--296 $220
Herman Barron 75-71-75-76--297 $162
Dick Cline 75-72-77-73--297 $162
Bill Collins 71-70-77-79--297 $162
Mike Dietz 77-70-74-76--297 $162
Felice Torza 69-72-75-81--297 $162
Henry Castillo 75-76-75-72--298 $110
Bill Ezinicki 76-70-80-72--298 $110
Arnold Palmer 76-71-77-74--298 $110
Skee Riegel 76-77-74-71--298 $110
Eddie Burke 75-75-77-72--299 $100
Bob Crowley 70-76-73-80--299 $100
Bill Johnston 75-72-77-75--299 $100
Dave Marr 72-79-74-74--299 $100
Ed Furgol 78-76-72-74--300 $100
Jackson Bradley 77-77-73-74--301 $100
Jack Isaacs 74-75-78-74--301 $100
Chuck Klein 78-75-74-74--301 $100
Henry Williams 75-74-77-75--301 $100
Mike Krak 74-78-74-76--302 $100
Toby Lyons 75-73-74-80--302 $100
Thorne Wood 77-75-70-80--302 $100
Brien Charter 72-75-80-76--303 $100
Vic Ghezzi 75-74-76-78--303 $100
Claude Harmon 77-75-76-75--303 $100
Al Brosch 75-79-74-78--306 $100
James Gantz 76-76-75-79--306 $100
Gus Salerno 79-75-74-78--306 $100
Larry Bartosek 75-79-74-79--307 $100
Ewing Pomeroy 80-74-74-82--310 $100
George Griffin 74-76-78-83--311 $100

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