1944 PGA Championship Winner and Scores

The 1944 PGA Championship was the 26th time this major was played.

Winner: Bob Hamilton

Where it was played: Manito Golf and Country Club in Spokane, Washington

Tournament dates: Aug. 14-20, 1944

Notable notes: Bob Hamilton defeated Byron Nelson in the championship match by a 1-up score. ... Following a one-year absence due to World War II, the PGA Championship returned — but it was the only major played in 1944. ... Many pros missed the tournament due to military service. Hamilton was in the military, but served his time as the pro at the Fort Lewis golf club. The tournament was played in nearby Spokane, Wash., so Hamilton was able to participate. ... To reach the final, Hamilton defeated Gene Kunes, Harry Bassler, Jug McSpaden and George Schneiter. ... This was the third PGA runner-up finish for Nelson, who also had two victories.

Late-Round Match Scores

Round of 16 (36 holes)
Byron Nelson def. Mark Fry, 7 and 6
Willie Goggin def. Tony Manero, 4 and 3
Charles Congdon def. Sam Byrd, 2 and 1
Ed Dudley def. Jimmy Hines, 1-up (37 holes)
Jug McSpaden def. Fred Annon, 8 and 7
Bob Hamilton def. Harry Bassler, 6 and 5
Arthur Bell def. Craig Wood, 3 and 2
George Schneiter def. Toney Penna, 4 and 3

Quarterfinals (36 holes)
Byron Nelson def. Willie Goggin, 4 and 3
Charles Congdon def. Ed Dudley, 6 and 5
Bob Hamilton def. Jug McSpaden, 2 and 1
George Schneiter def. Art Bell, 2 and 1

Semifinals (36 holes)
Byron Nelson def. Charles Congdon, 8 and 7
Bob Hamilton def. George Schneiter, 1-up

Championship Match (36 holes)
Bob Hamilton def. Byron Nelson, 1-up

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