1926 PGA Championship: Ho-Hum, It's Hagen

Recap and Scores for the 1926 PGA Championship Golf Tournament

Wanamaker Trophy given to the PGA Championship winner
At the 1926 PGA Championship, the Wanamaker Trophy went to Walter Hagen for the third consecutive year. Andrew Redington/Getty Images

It was Year 3 of a 4-year run of victories for Walter Hagen at the 1926 PGA Championship, and his fourth win in this tournament in six years.

Quick Bits

  • Championship match: Walter Hagen over Leo Diegel (scores below)
  • Dates: Sept. 20-25, 1926
  • Golf course: Salisbury Golf Links, Westbury, New York
  • Tournament number: This was the ninth time the PGA Championship was played.

Notes on the 1926 PGA Championship

Walter Hagen claimed his third consecutive crown in this tournament, and his fourth win overall in the event, at the 1926 PGA Championship.

It was Hagen's eighth win in tournaments now recognized as major championships.

In the championship match, Hagen defeated Leo Diegel, 4 and 3. Diegel later won back-to-back PGA titles in 1928-29, and eliminated Hagen in both those years.

Hagen reached the final with wins over Joe Turnesa (who Hagen would beat in the title match one year later, and who a month earlier finished second in the 1926 U.S. Open), Dick Grout, Pat Doyle and Johnny Farrell. Diegel's route to the final went through Mike Patton, Neal McIntyre, Abe Espinosa and Johnny Golden.

Hagen led Diegel 2-up after the morning 18 of the championship match. But Diegel quickly found himself in trouble in the afternoon 18. On the 19th hole, Diegel flew the green, his ball bounding onto a road and coming to rest under a parked car. The PGA of America's tournament history notes that "when the owner moved the car, Diegel's ball was in a deep rut.

It took him three swipes to get it on the green and he lost the hole to go 3-down."

Diegel put up a fight after that, but Hagen closed it out when Diegel double-bogeyed the 33rd hole.

One of the best matches, in terms of the golfers' resumés, happened in the first round. In a match pitting two 2-time PGA Championship winners, Gene Sarazen beat Jim Barnes.

The host course, Salisbury Golf Club, still exists today but under a different name. It is now the Red Course at Eisenhower Park, a public park on Long Island. The course has hosted Champions Tour tournaments.

1926 PGA Championship Scores

Results from the 1926 PGA Championship golf tournament played on the Red Course at Salisbury Golf Club in East Meadow, New York. All matches scheduled for 36 holes.

First Round

  • Marshall Crichton def. Francis Gallett, 1-up
  • Pat Doyle def. Willie Maguire, 2 and 1
  • Dick Grout def. Jock Hendry, 4 and 3
  • Walter Hagen def. Joe Turnesa, 3 and 2
  • Dick Linnars def. Fred McLeod, 5 and 4
  • Johnny Farrell def. Al Watrous, 6 and 5
  • Harry Hampton def. Larry Nabholtz, 6 and 5
  • Tom Harmon Jr. def. Al Espinosa, 6 and 4
  • Abe Espinosa def. Gunnar Nelson, 7 and 6
  • Mike Brady def. George Aulbach, 1-up (37 holes)
  • Leo Diegel def. Mike Patton, 8 and 7
  • Neal McIntyre def. Bobby Cruickshank, 4 and 2
  • Johnny Golden def. Harry Cooper, 5 and 3
  • Gene Sarazen def. Jim Barnes, 5 and 4
  • Bill Leach def. Laurie Ayton, 3 and 2
  • George Christ def. Leo Shea, 3 and 2

Second Round

  • Pat Doyle def. Marshall Crichton, 3 and 2
  • Walter Hagen def. Dick Grout, 7 and 6
  • Johnny Farrell def. Dick Linnars, 6 and 5
  • Harry Hampton def. Tom Harmon Jr., 6 and 5
  • Abe Espinosa def. Mike Brady, 1-up
  • Leo Diegel def. Neal McIntyre, 6 and 5
  • Johnny Golden def. Gene Sarazen, 4 and 3
  • George Christ def. Bill Leach, 1-up (38 holes)

Quarterfinals

  • Walter Hagen def. Pat Doyle, 6 and 5
  • Johnny Farrell def. Harry Hampton, 3 and 1
  • Leo Diegel def. Abe Espinosa, 3 and 2
  • Johnny Golden def. George Crist, 7 and 6

Semifinals

  • Walter Hagen def. Johnny Farrell, 6 and 5
  • Leo Diegel def. Johnny Golden, 1-up

Championship Match

  • Walter Hagen def. Leo Diegel, 4 and 3

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