Who's who in golf - Ben Hogan


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Name: - William Ben Hogan
Country: - USA
Lived : - [1912-1997]. Born August 13, 1912 in Stephenville, Texas. Died July 25, 1997 in Forth Worth, Texas, aged 84.
Original Home/Club: - Glen Garden CC, Fort Worth, Texas (as a caddie).
Occupation: - Professional golfer, golf writer and instructor.
Turned Pro: - 1930 (age 17)

Roll of Honour

Majors (9), including a career slam of all four majors. Ryder Cup player (1947, '51). Ryder Cup captain (1947, '49, '67). Total professional wins (68), of which US PGA Tour (64). US PGA Tour leading money winner (1940, '41, '42, '46, '48). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1974).


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Hogan was one of the greatest golfers of all time, known for his determination, concentration, superb ball-striking ability and perfectionist approach to the game. Between 1938-59 he accumulated 64 US PGA Tour wins. He is perhaps best remembered for making an incredible recovery from a near-death car-accident in 1949 in which his legs were badly injured. The crash would have ended most people's careers, but Hogan's steely resolve allowed him not just to recover, but to go on and win a further 11 tournaments, including six Majors. Hogan will also be associated with one of the greatest golf instruction books ever written. His "Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf", first published in 1957, is still a best-seller today.


Top tournaments won by Ben Hogan

1959Men AmericaColonial InvitationalColonial CC, Tex285 (+5)$5,000
Played as the Colonial National Invitation. Hogan (USA) beat Fred Hawkins (USA) by 4 shots in an 18-hole playoff (Hogan 69, Hawkins 73). This was the last of Hogan's five Colonial National wins, and the last of his 64 victories on the PGA Tour. [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
1956Men EuropeWorld Cup of Golf (Indiv)Wentworth Club277 (-11)
Second-placed Roberto De Vicenzo (Arg) finished 5 shots behind Ben Hogan (USA), who won the International Trophy for best individual score in the Canada Cup. Team winners of the Cup: Ben Hogan & Sam Snead (USA). [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1953Men AmericaColonial InvitationalColonial CC, Tex282 (+2)$5,000
Played as the Colonial National Invitation. Second-placed Doug Ford (USA) and Cary Middlecoff (USA) finished 5 shots behind Hogan (USA). This was the fourth of Hogan's five wins in this event, which was nicknamed "Hogan's Benefit." [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
1953Men AmericaPan American Openxx
Played as the Pan American Open.
1953Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - PGA of Amxn/a
Hogan (USA) won his fourth PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average).
1953Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National274 (-14)$4,000
The Masters Tournament (17th) (April 9-12). Second-placed Ed "Porky" Oliver (USA) finished 5 shots behind Hogan (USA), who secured his second Masters green jacket with a then record score of 274. Later that year Hogan also went on to win the Open Championship and US Open. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
1953Men MajorsThe OpenCarnoustie282 (-6)£500
The Open Championship (82nd) (July 8-10). Second-placed Frank Stranahan (USA), Antonio Cerda (Arg), Peter Thomson (Aus) and Dai Rees (Wales) finished 4 shots behind Hogan (USA). This was the only Open Championship which Hogan entered. [Championship Course, Carnoustie Golf Links, Angus].
1953Men MajorsUS OpenOakmont CC, PA283 (-5)$5,000
The US Open (53rd) (Jun 11-13). Second-placed Sam Snead (USA) finished 6 shots behind Hogan (USA). This was the last of Hogan's four US Open wins, and his third win in this event in four years. [Oakmont CC, nr Pittsburgh, PA].
1952Men AmericaColonial InvitationalColonial CC, Tex279 (-1)$4,000
Played as the Colonial National Invitation. Second-placed Lloyd Mangrum (USA) finished 3 shots behind Hogan (USA). This was the third of Hogan's five wins in this event. [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
1951Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - PGA of Amxn/a
Hogan (USA) won his third (and second straight) PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average).
1951Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National280 (-8)$3,000
The Masters Tournament (15th) (April 5-8). Second-placed Robert "Skee" Riegel (USA) finished 2 shots behind Hogan (USA), who claimed the first of his two Masters titles. Later that year Hogan also won the US Open. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
1951Men MajorsUS OpenOakland Hills287 (+7)£4,000
The US Open (51st) (Jun 14-16). Second-placed Clayton Heafner (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Hogan (USA). This was the third of Hogan's four US Open wins. [South course, Oakland Hills CC, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan].
1951Men AmericaWorld Championship (PGA Tr)Tam O'Shanter GC273 (-15)$12,500
Played as the World Championship of Golf (PGA Tr event). Second-placed Jimmy Demaret (USA) finished 3 shots behind Hogan (USA). [Tam O'Shanter GC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL. At the time Tam O'Shanter CC].
1950Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - PGA of Amxn/a
Hogan (USA) won his second PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average).
1950Men MajorsUS OpenMerion GC287 (+7)£4,000
The US Open (50th) (Jun 8-11). Hogan (USA) beat Lloyd Mangrum (USA) and George Fazio (USA) in an 18-hole playoff: Hogan 69 (-1), Mangrum 73 (+3), Fazio 75 (+5). This was the second of Hogan's four US Open wins. [East Course, Merion GC, Ardmore, nr Philadelphia, PA].
1949Men AmericaLong Beach Openxx
Played as the Long Beach Open.
1949Men AmericaPebble Beach Pro-AmPebble Beach208 (-8)$2,000
Played as the Bing Crosby Pro-Am (Jan 14-16; 54-hole event). Second-placed Jim Ferrier (Aus/USA) finished 2 shots behind Hogan (USA). [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Cypress Point Club and Monterey Peninsula CC].
1948Men AmericaBMW Ch'ship (US)Brookfield CC, NY281$2,500
Played as the Western Open. Hogan (USA) beat Ed Oliver (USA) in a playoff. [Brookfield CC, Clarence, nr Buffalo, NY].
1948Men AmericaDenver Openxx
Played as the Denver Open Invitational.
1948Men AmericaGlendale OpenOakmont CC, CA275 (-13)$2,450
Played as the Inaugural (and only) Glendale Open Invitational (Oct 14-17). Second-placed Lloyd Mangrum (USA) finished 2 shots behind Hogan (USA). [Oakmont CC, Glendale, nr Los Angeles, California].
1948Men AmericaInverness Invtl.xx
Played as the Inverness Round Robin Four-Ball.
1948Men AmericaLos Angeles OpenRiviera CC, Calif.275 (-9)$2,000
Played as the Los Angeles Open (Jan 2-5). Second-placed Lloyd Mangrum (USA) finished 4 shots behind defending champion Hogan (USA). [Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA].
1948Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - PGA of Am69.30n/a
Hogan (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour.
1948Men AwardsMoney Winner - PGA Tr$32,112see Score
Hogan (USA) won his fifth PGA Tour leading money winner title, with 1948 season earnings of $32,112 on the Tour.
1948Men AmericaMotor City Openxx
Played as the Motor City Open.
1948Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - PGA of Amxn/a
Hogan (USA) won the inaugural PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average).
1948Men AmericaReading OpenBerkshire CC, PA269 (-19)$2,600
Played as the Reading Open (July 22-25). Second-placed Fred Haas Jr (USA) finished 1 shot behind Hogan (USA). Hogan shot an eight-under-par 64 in the final round to clinch the fourth of his six wins in a row on the PGA Tour. [Berkshire CC, Reading, Pennsylvania].
1948Men AmericaReno OpenWashoe GC269 (-19)£3,500
Played as the Reno Open Invitational (Sept 3-6). Second-placed Lloyd Mangrum (USA) and Dick Metz (USA) finished 3 shots behind Hogan (USA). [Washoe GC, Reno, NV].
1948Men MajorsUS OpenRiviera CC, Calif.276 (-8)$2,000
The US Open (48th) (Jun 10-12). Second-placed Jimmy Demaret (USA) finished 2 shots behind Hogan (USA). This was the first of Hogan's four US Open wins. [Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA].
1948Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipNorwood Hills CC7 & 6$3,500
The US PGA Championship (30th) (May 19-25). Hogan (USA) beat Mike Turnesa (USA) 7 and 6 in the 36-hole final. [West course, Norwood Hills CC, St Louis, Missouri; originally known as North Hills CC].
1947Men AmericaChicago Openxx
Played as the Chicago Victory Open.
1947Men AmericaColonial InvitationalColonial CC, Tex279 (-1)$3,000
Played as the Colonial National Invitation. Second-placed Toney Penna (Italy/USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Hogan (USA). This was the second of Hogan's five wins in this event. [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
1947Men AmericaInverness Invtl.xx
Played as the Inverness Round Robin Four-Ball.
1947Men AmericaLos Angeles OpenRiviera CC, Calif.280 (-4)$2,000
Played as the Los Angeles Open (Jan 3-6). Second-placed Toney Penna (Italy/USA) finished 3 shots behind Hogan (USA). [Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA].
1947Men AmericaMiami Four-Ballxx
Played as the Miami International Four-Ball.
1947Men AmericaPhoenix OpenPhoenix CC, AZ270 (-14)$2,000
Played as the Phoenix Open (Jan 23-26). Second-placed Lloyd Mangrum (USA) and Ed "Porky" Oliver (USA) finished 7 shots behind defending champion Hogan (USA). [Phoenix CC, Phoenix, AZ].
1947Men AmericaWorld Championship (PGA Tr)Tam O'Shanter GC135 (-9)$7,000
Played as the World Championship of Golf (PGA Tr 36-hole exhibition event). Second-placed Bobby Locke (RSA) finished 3 shots behind Hogan (USA). [Tam O'Shanter GC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL. At the time Tam O'Shanter CC].
1946Men AmericaBMW Ch'ship (US)Sunset CC, Mo.271$1,000
Played as the Western Open. Lloyd Mangrum (USA) finished in second place behind Hogan (USA). [Sunset CC, St Louis, Missouri].
1946Men AmericaByron Nelson Ch'shipBrook Hollow284 (+4)$2,000
Played as the Dallas Open Invitational (Sept 26-29; for the last time until 1956). Second-placed Paul Runyan (USA) and Herman Keiser (USA) finished 2 shots behind Hogan (USA). [Brook Hollow GC, Dallas, TX].
1946Men AmericaColonial InvitationalColonial CC, Tex279 (-1)$3,000
Played as the inaugural Colonial National Invitation. Second-placed Harry Todd (USA) finished 1 shot behind Hogan (USA). This was the first of Hogan's five wins in this event. [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
1946Men AmericaGolden State OpenCalifornia CC275 (-9)$2,500
Played as the Golden State ($15,000) Open (Aug 30-Sept 2). Second-placed Chick Harbert (USA) finished 1 shot behind Hogan (USA). [California CC, Whittier, Los Angeles].
1946Men AmericaInverness Invtl.xx
Played as the Inverness Four-Ball.
1946Men AmericaMiami Four-Ballxx
Played as the Miami International Four-Ball.
1946Men AwardsMoney Winner - PGA Tr$42,556see Score
Hogan (USA) won his fourth PGA Tour leading money winner title, with 1946 season earnings of $42,556 on the Tour.
1946Men AmericaNorth & South Openxx
Played as the North & South Open.
1946Men AmericaPalm Beach Round Robinxx
Played as the Goodall Round Robin.
1946Men AmericaPhoenix OpenPhoenix CC, AZ273 (-11)$1,500
Played as the Phoenix Open (Jan 24-28). Hogan (USA) beat Herman Keiser (USA) in an 18-hole Monday playoff (Hogan 68; Keiser 70). [Phoenix CC, Phoenix, AZ].
1946Men AmericaSt Petersburg Openxx
Played as the St Petersburg Open.
1946Men AmericaTexas OpenWillow Springs264 (-20)$1,500
Played as the San Antonio Texas Open. Defending champion and second-placed Sam Byrd (USA) finished 6 shots behind Hogan (USA). [Willow Springs GC, San Antonio, TX].
1946Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipPortland GC6 & 4$3,500
The US PGA Championship (28th) (Aug 19-25). Hogan (USA) beat Ed "Porky" Oliver (USA) 6 and 4 in the 36-hole final, to claim the first of his two wins in this event. [Portland GC, Portland, Oregon].
1946Men AmericaWinnipeg Openxx
Played as the Winnipeg Open.
1945Men AmericaMontgomery Invtl.xx
Played as the Montgomery Invitational.
1945Men AmericaNashville Openxx
Played as the Nashville Invitational.
1945Men AmericaOrlando Openxx
Played as the Orlando Open.
1945Men AmericaPortland OpenPortland GCxx
Played as the Portland Open Invitational. Won by Ben Hogan (USA). [Portland GC, Portland, Oregon].
1945Men AmericaRichmond Open, VAHermitage CC, VA289 (+5)$2,000
Played as the Richmond Open (Nov 1-4). Second-placed Dick Metz (USA) finished 4 shots behind Hogan (USA). [Hermitage CC, Manikin-Sabot, nr Richmond, Virginia].
1942Men AmericaAsheville Openxx
Played as the Asheville "Land of the Sky" Open.
1942Men AmericaHale America - Illinoisxx
Played as the Hale America - Illinois
1942Men AmericaLos Angeles OpenHillcrest CC, CA282 (-6)$3,500
Played as the Los Angeles Open (Jan 9-13). Hogan (USA) beat Jimmy Thomson (USA) in an 18-hole playoff (Hogan 72, Thomson 73). Hogan birdied the final playoff hole to secure the win. [Hillcrest CC, Los Angeles, CA].
1942Men AwardsMoney Winner - PGA Tr$13,143see Score
Hogan (USA) won his third straight PGA Tour leading money winner title, with 1942 season earnings of $13,143 on the Tour.
1942Men AmericaNorth & South Openxx
Played as the North & South Open.
1942Men AmericaRochester Openxx
Played as the Rochester Open.
1942Men AmericaSan Francisco Openxx
Played as the San Francisco Open.
1941Men AmericaAsheville Openxx
Played as the Asheville "Land of the Sky" Open.
1941Men AmericaChicago Openxx
Played as the Chicago Open.
1941Men AmericaHershey OpenHershey CCxx
Played as the Hershey Open. Won by Ben Hogan (USA). [West Course, Hershey CC, Hershey, PA].
1941Men AmericaInverness Invtl.xx
Played as the Inverness Four-Ball.
1941Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - PGA of Am494 ptsn/a
Hogan (USA) won his second straight PGA of America Vardon Trophy, based on a season-long points accumulation.
1941Men AmericaMiami Four-Ballxx
Played as the Miami Biltmore International Four-Ball. Winning Team : Ben Hogan & Gene Sarazen, by 4 and 3 in the final.
1941Men AwardsMoney Winner - PGA Tr$18,358see Score
Hogan (USA) won his second straight PGA Tour leading money winner title, with 1941 season earnings of $18,358 on the Tour.
1940Men AmericaAsheville Openxx
Played as the Asheville "Land of the Sky" Open.
1940Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - PGA of Am423 ptsn/a
Hogan (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, based on a season-long points accumulation.
1940Men AwardsMoney Winner - PGA Tr$10,655see Score
Hogan (USA) was the PGA Tour 1940 leading money winner, with earnings of $10,655 on the Tour.
1940Men AmericaNorth & South Openxx
Played as the North & South Open.
1940Men AmericaPalm Beach Round Robinxx
Played as the Goodall Palm Beach Round Robin.
1940Men AmericaWyndham Ch'shipSedgefield CC270 (-12)$1,200
Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (March 22-25). Second-placed Craig Wood (USA) finished 9 shots behind Hogan (USA), who won for the second consecutive week. [Sedgefield CC and Starmount Forest CC, Greensboro, NC].
1938Men AmericaHershey OpenHershey CCxx
Played as the Hershey Four-Ball, a 126-hole round-robin match play tournament with eight two-man teams. Winning team: Ben Hogan (USA) & Vic Ghezzi (USA). [West Course, Hershey CC, Hershey, PA].

 

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