Snead Steamrolls Foes in 38 But Cant Stop Runyan

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The year 1938 was one of the best ever at the PGA Championship with matches repeatedly going deep into play before being resolved. Sam Snead was the big winner in his semifinal match, defeating upstart Jimmy Hines in a paper-thin contest, but losing badly in the finals, 8 and 7, to Paul Runyan.
 
Hines took out a couple of big names, defending champion Denny Shute and Byron Nelson, before going up against Snead in the semis at Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa. Snead had methodically disposed of his opposition in the three previous matches before he met Hines.
 
The Hines-Snead match was one of the most exciting in PGA history. The lead seesawed between the two competitors much of the day with both men playing brilliantly. In the end, a score of four consecutive 3s by Snead pushed him to victory. If the contest had been decided by stroke play, however, Snead would have lost. Hines was 8-under for 36 holes, one better than Sneads 7-under.
 
In 147 holes of match play, Snead was 21-under-par. However, Little Poison, the name they called Runyan, was waiting.
 
Runyan was a master of the short game, and he used it to full advantage. He parred in from everywhere in the morning 18 and threw in several birdies, also. He had a 67 in that stretch for a 5-up lead as the two broke for lunch.
 
The afternoon was more of the same. He made the nine-hole turn in 35 with a 7-up advantage for the day, then won the 10th hole and closed out the match with a halve on the 11th. Runyan was 24-under-par for the 196 holes he played in the tournament, and in his last 70 holes, he made just one bogey.
 
The 8-and-7 win was the biggest victory up to that time in the championship.
 
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