A Short-Game Wizard vs. a Ball-Striking Prodigy at the 1938 PGA Championship
For this mid-week PGA Championship episode, we go back to 1938, when the tournament was still a match-play competition. In that year’s final match, a 26-year-old Sam Snead, one of the most imposing ball-strikers the game has ever seen, faced off against the diminutive, short-hitting Paul Runyan. What happened that day is at the heart of Little Poison, John Dechant’s new biography of Runyan. John joins Garrett to discuss Runyan’s hardscrabble childhood, unusual playing style, short-game genius, success on the Depression-era PGA Tour, and showdown with Slammin’ Sammy in 1938.
John Dechant, Little Poison