Biography of Golfer and Athlete Ben Hogan
About the biography of the famous golfer and athlete Ben Hogan history and information.
No list of all-time great golfers would be complete without the name of Ben Hogan, who compiled an impressive record in professional golf during the decades of the 1940s and 1950s.
Born in Dublin, Tex., in 1912, he started playing golf as a youngster swinging left-handed. He soon switched to the right side, turning professional when he was still in his teens. He did not achieve national recognition until he was 28 years old, in 1940, when he won 4 tournaments after curing a bad hook by hitting countless practice balls.
His career interrupted by military service during W.W. II, he returned to pro golf and won the 1st of his 9 major championships in 1946 when he captured the national PGA title and finished runner-up in the Masters. He won 12 other tournaments that year, and continued his winning ways in 1947 and 1948, capturing 18 titles.
In 1949, after winning the Bing Crosby Invitational and the Long Beach Open, he was involved in a near-fatal accident when his car, in which his wife was a passenger, collided with a bus on a Texas highway. He suffered a fractured shoulder, rib, pelvis and ankle, developing a blood clot which threatened to reach his heart and required surgery. He won his fight for life, had to learn to walk all over again, and few believed he would ever play golf again. Working out regularly and rebuilding his strength, the determined Hogan made a comeback in the professional ranks 10 months later. It was quite dramatic--for he tied Sam Snead with a score of 280, including 3 successive 69s, in the Los Angeles Open. Snead won in the playoff. His comeback story was told in the motion picture Follow the Sun, with Glenn Ford in the starring role.
He proved his comeback was for real by winning both the U.S. Open and the Masters in 1951 and 1953. He added to his laurels by winning the British Open in 1953, shooting a 68 in the final round.
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