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William Ben Hogan August 13, — July 25, was an American professional golfer, generally considered one of the greatest players in the history of the game.
Born within six months of two other acknowledged golf greats of the 20th century, Sam Snead and Byron Nelson, Hogan is notable for his profound influence on golf swing theory and his legendary ball-striking ability.
His nine career professional major championships tie him with Gary Player for fourth all-time, trailing only Jack Nicklaus 18Tiger Woods 14 and Walter Hagen He is one of only five golfers to have won all four major championships currently open to professionals the Masters Tournament, The Open despite only playing oncethe U.
Open, and the PGA Championship. Inwhen Hogan was nine, his father Chester committed suicide by self-inflicted gunshot at the family home. By some accounts, Chester committed suicide in front of him, which some including Hogan biographer James Dodson have cited as the cause of his introverted personality in later years.
Older brother Royal quit school at age 14 to deliver office supplies by bicycle, and nine-year-old Ben sold newspapers after school at the nearby train station. One of his fellow caddies at Glen Garden was Byron Nelson, later a tour rival.
The two would tie for the lead at the annual Christmas caddy tournament in Decemberwhen both were Nelson sank a foot putt to tie on the ninth and final hole. Instead of sudden death, they played another nine holes; Nelson sank another substantial putt on the final green to win by a stroke.
The following spring, Nelson was granted the only junior membership offered by the members of Glen Garden. Club rules did not allow caddies age 16 and older, so after AugustHogan took his game to three scrubby daily-fee courses: Paschal High School during the final semester of his senior year, and became a professional golfer at the Texas Open in San Antonio in late Januarymore than six months shy of his 18th birthday.
Hogan met Valerie Fox in Sunday school in Fort Worth in the mids, and they reacquainted in when he landed a low-paying club pro job in Cleburne, where her family had moved.
His early years as a pro were very difficult, and Hogan went broke more than once. He did not win his first pro tournament as an individual until Marchwhen he won three consecutive tournaments in North Carolina. Despite finishing 13th on the money list inHogan had to take an assistant pro job at Century Country Club in Purchase, New York.
He worked at Century as an assistant and then as the head pro untilwhen he took the head pro job at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Career-threatening accident Between the years of throughHogan won 63 professional golf tournaments despite his career being interrupted in its prime by World War II and a near-fatal car accident.
Hogan served in the U. Hogan and his wife, Valerie, survived a head-on collision with a Greyhound bus on a fog-shrouded bridge, early in the morning, east of Van Horn, Texas on February 2, This accident left Hogan, age 36, with a double-fracture of the pelvis, a fractured collar bone, a left ankle fracture, a chipped rib, and near-fatal blood clots: His doctors said he might never walk again, let alone play golf competitively.
Hogan left the hospital on April 1, 59 days after the accident. After regaining his strength by extensive walking, he resumed golf activities in November It still stands among the greatest single seasons in the history of professional golf.
Hogan, 40, was unable to enter—and possibly win—the PGA Championship to complete the Grand Slam because its play July 1—7 overlapped the play of the British Open at Carnoustie July 6—10which he won. It was the only time that a golfer had won three major professional championships in a year until Tiger Woods won the final three majors in and the first in Hogan often declined to play in the PGA Championship, skipping it more and more often as his career wore on.
There were two reasons for this. Open at Merion, saying "there are no 7-iron shots at Merion". Second, the PGA required several days of 36 holes per day competition, and after his auto accident, Hogan struggled to manage more than 18 holes a day.
Although he had a formidable record as a tournament winner, it is this aspect of Hogan which mostly underpins his modern reputation. Hogan was known to practice more than any other golfer of his contemporaries and is said to have "invented practice".
On this matter, Hogan himself said, "You hear stories about me beating my brains out practicing, but I was enjoying myself. He is also known to have spent years contemplating the golf swing, trying a range of theories and methods before arriving at the finished method which brought him his greatest period of success.
The young Hogan was badly afflicted by hooking the golf ball. It has been alleged that Hogan used a "strong" grip, with hands more the right of the club grip in tournament play prior to his accident indespite often practicing with a "weak" grip, with the back of the left wrist facing the target, and that this limited his success, or, at least, his reliability, up to that date.
Jacobs alleges that Byron Nelson told him this information, and furthermore that Hogan developed and used the "strong" grip as a boy in order to be able to hit the ball as far as bigger, stronger contemporaries.
This strong grip is what resulted in Hogan hitting the odd disastrous snap hook. This ball flight was the result of his using a "draw" type swing in conjunction with a "weak" grip, a combination which all but negated the chance of hitting a hook. Hogan played and practiced golf with only bare-hands i.Ben Hogan was born on August 13, in Dublin, Texas, USA.
He is known for his work on The Caddy (), All American Swing Stars () and The Ed Sullivan Show (). He was married to Valerie Fox. He died on July 25, in Fort Worth, Texas. William Ben Hogan (August 13, – July 25, ) was an American professional golfer who is generally considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of the game.
He was born within six months of Sam Snead and Byron Nelson, who were two other acknowledged golf greats of the 20th century. Jul 26, · A professional golfer afflicted with a hook is much like a professional baseball player who cannot hit a curveball.
Both are destined to fail. Hogan knew that well, and once said: ''I hate a hook. Walter Charles Hagen (December 21, – October 6, ) was an American professional golfer and a major figure in golf in the first half of the 20th century.
His tally of 11 professional majors is third behind Jack Nicklaus (18) and Tiger Woods (14). Frequently revered, yet often misunderstood, Ben Hogan () carried a mystique and popularity in golfing circles experienced by few others.
He became a phenomenon in the s and s, taking considerable numbers of Professional Golfers Association (PGA) events. Ken Venturi, (Kenneth Venturi), American professional golfer and sportscaster (born May 15, , San Francisco, Calif.—died May 17, , Rancho Mirage, Calif.), became a force on the PGA Tour, claiming 14 victories, notably a win (while suffering from severe dehydration) in the U.S.
Payne Stewart Biography Golfer (–) American professional golfer Payne Stewart had eleven tour victories and three major titles under his belt when he died at age 42 in a plane leslutinsduphoenix.com: Jan 30, Hogan, Ben (13 August –25 July ), professional golfer, was born William Ben Hogan in Stephenville, Texas, the son of Chester Hogan, a blacksmith, and Clara Williams Hogan, a seamstress. When Hogan was nine, his father shot himself, a trauma that may have contributed to his subsequent reputation as a loner. Biography of Ben Hogan In career PGA Tour events, Ben Hogan finished in the Top 3 in percent of them. He finished in the Top 10 in of those events.
Open, prior to enjoying a year career (–) as a colour commentator and analyst with CBS Sports television.