1953 PGA Championship Winner and Scores

The 1953 PGA Championship was the 35th time this major was played.

Winner: Walter Burkemo

Where it was played: Birmingham Country Club in Birmingham, Michigan

Tournament dates: July 1-7, 1953

Notable notes: Walter Burkemo defeated Felice Torza by a 2-and-1 score in the 36-hole championship match. ... Burkemo reached the championship match three out of four years from 1951-54. He lost in 1951 and 1954. ... To reach the final, Burkemo defeated Louis Barbaro, Mike Turnesa, Pete Cooper, Dave Douglas and Claude Harmon. ... No past champion advanced past the second round of match play. ... Ben Hogan won the other three majors in 1953, but didn't play the PGA Championship because it conflicted with qualifying rounds for the British Open.

Late-Round Match Scores

Round of 16 (36 holes)
Felice Torza def. Wally Ulrich, 1-up (38 holes)
Jimmy Clark def. Henry Williams Jr., 4 and 3
Jack Isaacs def. Lebron Harris, 5 and 4
Henry Ransom def. Al Smith, 1-up
Dave Douglas def. Jackson Bradley, 1-up (37 holes)
Walter Burkemo def. Pete Cooper, 3 and 2
Bill Nary def. Jim Browning, 6 and 5
Claude Harmon def. Ed Furgol, 5 and 3

Quarterfinals (36 holes)
Felice Torza def. Jimmy Clark, 1-up
Jack Isaacs def. Henry Ransom, 1-up
Claude Harmon def. Bill Nary, 6 and 5
Walter Burkemo def. Dave Douglas, 2-up

Semifinals (36 holes)
Felice Torza def. Jack Isaacs, 1-up (39 holes)
Walter Burkemo def. Claude Harmon, 1-up

Championship Match (36 holes)
Walter Burkemo def. Felice Torza, 2 and 1

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