Winning 64 tournaments in his lifetime, Ben Hogan is “The Hawk” of “The Bantam Ben” in the World of Golf. Born on August 13, 1912 in Stephanie, Texas, Hogan won the 1951 and 1953 Masters; the 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953 U.S. Opens; the 1953 British Open and the 1946 and 1948 PGA Championships.
Ben died in July 25, 1997, but his honors and awards preceded him. He was a member of the 2 U.S. Ryder Cup teams and became the captain in 1947, 1949, and 1967. Ben was also awarded as the PGA Tour Player of the Year in 1948, 1950, 1951, and 1953. He was a trophy winner of the 1940, 1941, and 1948 PGA Tour Vardon.
With Ben’s consistent successes he was on top of the money list five times in his career. He knew that can be playing with friends, but he never play friendly games. His very first PGA Tour event was the 1932 Los Angeles Open. In 1950 alone he got to play more that 7 Tour events in the PGA winning 13 times. He was the only professional golf player to win three majors in one season- Masters, British Open, and the U.S. Open.
Growing up in Fort Worth, he was caddying at the Fort Worth Club. He competed against Bryan Nelson, his childhood friend, during the club’s caddie championship, where Nelson won. Though he was exposed to golf at an early age, Ben’s childhood was rather tough. He witnessed a tragic event where his own father committed suicide.
Despite it all and at age 17, Hogan already was a professional golfer playing events in Texas. Only in 1932 did he get to formally join the PGA Tour. In the early times of his career, Hogan was battling with a hook but because of sheer determination and discipline he began winning after that in his controlled style.
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