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1951 PGA Championship

Recap and Scores for the 1951 PGA Championship Golf Tournament


Sam Snead won his third PGA Championship, and second in three years, at Oakmont Country Club. Snead beat Walter Burkemo in the championship match, 7 and 6.

For Snead, it was his last victory in this tournament. It was the fifth of Snead's seven wins in major championships. Burkemo went on to win the 1953 PGA Championship, one of just two official PGA Tour wins for Burkemo.

Snead reached the finals by beating Freddie Haas and Marty Furgol in 18-hole first- and second-round matches (although he had to go to 21 holes to dispatch Furgol); and then, in 36-hole matches, Lloyd Mangrum, Jack Burke Jr. and Charles Bassler.

Burkemo beat Toby Lyons, Chick Harbert, Dick Shoemaker, Vic Ghezzi and Ellsworth Vines en route to the final.

Vines had been one of the best tennis players in the world in the 1930s, winning the U.S. Open tennis championship in 1931 and 1932, and winning Wimbledon in 1932. Before age 30, he retired from tennis and turned to golf, and wound up winning five PGA Tour events. His semifinals appearance at the 1951 PGA Championship - officially a tie for third - was his best showing in any major.

In an interesting earlier-round match, Jack Burke Jr. defeated Gene Sarazen, 5 and 3, in the second round. Sarazen had lost to Burke's father, Jack Burke Sr., in the 1925 PGA Championship.

Oakmont this year became the first golf course to be the site of two different PGA Championships. It had previously hosted in 1922; prior to this year, the PGA of America always put the tournament on a new venue.

1951 PGA Championship Scores
Results from the 1951 PGA Championship golf tournament played at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania:

Championship Match (36 holes)
Sam Snead def. Walter Burkemo, 7 and 6

Semifinals (36 holes)
Sam Snead def. Charles Bassler, 9 and 8
Walter Burkemo def. Ellsworth Vines, 1-up (37 holes)

Quarterfinals (36 holes)
Sam Snead def. Jack Burke Jr., 2 and 1
Charles Bassler def. Al Brosch, 1-up
Walter Burkemo def. Vic Ghezzi, 1-up
Ellsworth Vines def. Johnny Bulla, 1-up

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