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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