Paul Runyan started out as a caddie and then an apprentice at a golf course in his hometown in Arkansas, before turning pro at age 17. He became an assistant pro to Craig Wood at Forest Hills Golf Club in White Plains in 1931 and later was named head professional at Metropolis Country Club. In 1934, Runyan defeated Wood in a playoff in the title match, to win the first of his two PGA Championships. Of Runyan's 29 career PGA Tour wins, 16 of them came in 1933 and 1934. His nine wins in 1933 make him one of only seven golfers to win nine or more times in one year on the PGA Tour. Runyan won the PGA Tour money title in 1934, and was a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1933 and 1935. He won the Met PGA Championship three times (1931, 1935, 1936) and the Met Open in 1934. Runyan won the PGA again in 1938 defeating Sam Snead 8 and 7. He maintained his game as a after turning 50, winning the PGA Seniors Championship in 1961 and again in 1962. Runyan was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1990. In addition, he is a member of the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame and the Arkansas Hall of Fame. He received the Harvey Penick Lifetime Teaching Award and the PGA of America Distinguished Service Award and in 1991 was honored by the Met PGA with their Sam Snead Award.