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1916 The first Championship of the newly founded PGA of America gets underway at Siwanoy Country Club in New York, in match play format. Six days later Englishman Jim Barnes lifted the Wanamaker Trophy, named for Rodman Wanamaker, a department store magnate from Philadelphia, who had proposed both the formation of the PGA and the creation of the tournament, for which he put up the sum of $2,500 for prize money and the trophy. 6' 4" Barnes, from Cornwall, defeated Scottish-born American Jock Hutchison by 1 hole in the 36 hole final, and would also win the second PGA Championship which was not played until 1919, due to the Great War.
Barnes completed the then professional Grand Slam (the Masters did not yet exist) with the US Open of 1921 and the Open Championship of 1925.

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