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1934 PGA Championship

Recap and Scores for the 1934 PGA Championship Golf Tournament


Paul "Little Poison" Runyan defeated Craig "Blond Bomber" Wood in the final of the 1934 PGA Championship. It was Runyan's first major championship, the first of his two wins in the PGA Championship. And as in his victory over Sam Snead at the 1938 PGA Championship, in this final the short-hitting Runyan won despite being outdriven by his much farther hitting oppponent.

The big-hitting Wood was a very accomplished player in his own right. Later, in 1941, he won his own pair of major titles (The Masters and U.S. Open). But at this point in his career, Wood was in the process of earning a reputation for being snakebit in big events.

Over the course of his career, Wood lost in extra holes at all four professional majors. He lost 36-hole playoffs at the 1933 British Open and 1935 Masters, and lost in a playoff at the 1939 U.S. Open.

And in the final here, the 1934 PGA Championship, Runyan and Wood were tied at the end of the scheduled 36 holes, so continued on into extra holes. Wood had a chance to win with an 8-foot eagle putt on the 37th hole, but missed. Wood bogied the 38th hole while Runyan parred it to claim the victory.

To earn their places in the championship match, Runyan beat Johnny Farrell, Vic Ghezzi, Dick Metz and Gene Kunes; Wood defeated Leo Fraser, Harry Cooper, Al Watrous and Denny Shute.

Five-time champion Walter Hagen lost in the first round to Shute, 4 and 2. Gene Sarazen fell in the second round to Watrous, 4 and 3, and Tommy Armour also went out in the second round.

1934 PGA Championship Scores
Results from the 1934 PGA Championship golf tournament played at Park Club of Buffalo in Williamsville, New York:

Championship Match (36 holes)
Paul Runyan def. Craig Wood, 1-up (38 holes)

Semifinals (36 holes)
Paul Runyan def. Gene Kunes, 4 and 2
Craig Wood def. Denny Shute, 2 and 1

Quarterfinals (36 holes)
Paul Runyan def. Dick Metz, 1-up
Gene Kunes def. Bob Crowley, 4 and 3
Craig Wood def. Al Watrous, 2 and 1
Denny Shute def. Al Houghton, 6 and 5

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