Chick Harbert wins the 1954 PGA Championship
On July 27th, 1954 Chick Harbert won the match-play PGA Championship at Keller Golf Club in Maplewood, Minnesota. Harbert defeated the defending champion, Walter Burkemo, in the Tuesday final 4 & 3 to win his only major championship. Ed “Porky” Oliver won $250 as the medalist in the stroke-play qualifying with a 136 (−6); he fell 3 & 1 in the third round to eventual champion Harbert. Chick had experience in the final round, he lost to 1947 Champion Jim Ferrier & 1952 Champion Jim Turnesa….1954 was Harberts year.
In the finals, Burkemo eagled the first hole and was three up after four holes, but soon let Harbert back into the match; It was all even on the twelfth tee and Harbert led by one at the lunch break. The afternoon round was bogey-free for both, but Harbert had five birdies to Burkemo’s two and the match ended on the 33rd green.