Palmer was a 7-time winner on the PGA Tour, including twice in 1949, his best season. He finished in the Top 8 of all three majors he played this year, but his runner-up finish in the 1949 PGA Championship was as close as Palmer came to winning a major.
To reach the finals, Palmer beat Mike Turnesa, Clay Gaddie, Lew Worsham, Henry Williams Jr. and Lloyd Mangrum. Snead dispatched Jack Burke Jr., Henry Ransom, Dave Douglas, Jimmy Demaret and Jim Ferrier.
An odd incident occurred in the Snead-Burke match in the first round. The PGA of America's media guide describes it like this: "After finishing the 13th hole, Burke took his driver from his caddie, and by the time he was supposed to hit his second shot, he couldn't find the caddie. An official ran back to the 13th green where the boy was sleeping under a tree, called for a jeep and raced the boy and clubs back to Burke, where they completed the round without further incident."
Defending champion Ben Hogan was unable to play, the tournament taking place just a few months after Hogan's near-fatal auto accident.
1949 PGA Championship Scores
Results from the 1949 PGA Championship golf tournament played at Hermitage Country Club in Richmond, Virginia:
Championship Match (36 holes)
Sam Snead def. Johnny Palmer, 3 and 2
Semifinals (36 holes)
Sam Snead def. Jim Ferrier, 3 and 2
Johnny Palmer def. Lloyd Mangrum, 6 and 5
Quarterfinals (36 holes)
Sam Snead def. Jimmy Demaret, 4 and 3
Jim Ferrier def. Clayton Heafner, 3 and 2
Johnny Palmer def. Henry Williams Jr., 7 and 6
Lloyd Mangrum def. Ray Hill, 7 and 6
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