Turnesa beat Chick Harbert, 1-up, in the 36-hole title match. Jim was one of the members of the Turnesa golfing brothers. He won only two PGA Tour titles, but one was this major. Mike Turnesa had six wins and was runner-up at the 1948 PGA; Joe Turnesa won 15 PGA Tour titles; Willie Turnesa was a lifelong amateur who won two U.S. Ams and one British Am; Phil, Frank and Doug Turnesa all played professionally, too.
Turnesa reached the championship match by beating, in order, Bob Toski, Chandler Harper, Roberto de Vicenzo, Clarence Doser and Ted Kroll. Harbert beat Denny Shute, Leonard Schmutte, Henry Williams Jr., Freddie Haas and Bob Hamilton.
Snead lost in the first round to Lew Worsham, who squared their match on th 17th hole and then birdied the 19th hole to win. Among other favorites in the field, Lloyd Mangrum and Jack Burke Jr. lost in the second round; and Cary Middlecoff fell in the fourth round to semifinalist Kroll.
1952 PGA Championship Scores
Results from the 1952 PGA Championship golf tournament played at Big Spring Country Club in Louisville, Kentucky:
Championship Match (36 holes)
Jim Turnesa def. Chick Harbert, 1-up
Semifinals (36 holes)
Jim Turnesa def. Ted Kroll, 2 and 1
Chick Harbert def. Bob Hamilton, 1-up
Quarterfinals (36 holes)
Jim Turnesa def. Clarence Doser, 2 and 1
Ted Kroll def. Cary Middlecoff, 2 and 1
Chick Harbert def. Freddie Haas, 2 and 1
Bob Hamilton def. Frank Champ, 2 and 1
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