In the 36-hole championship match, Burke downed Ted Kroll, 3 and 2. Kroll had earlier knocked off Sam Snead in the quarterfinals. Snead was involved in a matchup of legends in the fourth round when he beat Gene Sarazen, 5 and 4.
Defending champion Doug Ford was involved in an unusual incident in his second-round match against Mike Dietz. Ford, 1-up at the time, played his third shot into the 15th green. Dietz was laying one in the fairway. The PGA of America tournament history relates that before hitting his approach Dietz yelled ahead to the spectators around the green, asking them how close Ford was to the hole. Dietz won the hole with a par, but Ford protested, saying Dietz violated the rules regarding asking for advice. A rules official agreed, awarding the hole to Ford.
Now 2-up with three to play, Ford proceeded to blow his lead, but eventually beat Dietz on the 23rd hole. Ford lost in the third round, however, to Walter Burkemo.
To reach the finals, Burke defeated Leon Pounders, Bill Collins, Fred Haas Jr., Chandler Harper, Fred Hawkins and Ed Furgol; while Kroll beat Roger Peacock, George Keyes, Michael Rooney, Jim Turnesa, Snead and William Johnston.
Burke essentially retired following the 1956 season, playing only a handful of events a year afterward. He was only 33 years old at the time of his win at the 1956 PGA Championship, and ended his career with 16 PGA Tour wins and two majors.
1956 PGA Championship Scores
Results from the 1956 PGA Championship golf tournament played at Blue Hill Country Club in Canton, Massachusetts:
Championship Match (36 holes)
Jack Burke Jr. def. Ted Kroll, 3 and 2
Semifinals (36 holes)
Jack Burke Jr. def. Ed Furgol, 1-up (37 holes)
Ted Kroll def. William Johnston, 10 and 8
Quarterfinals (36 holes)
Jack Burke Jr. def. Fred Hawkins, 4 and 2
Ed Furgol def. Jimmy Johnson, 1-up
William Johnston def. Henry Ransom, 3 and 2
Ted Kroll def. Sam Snead, 2 and 1