Hogan, Ben

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.

Hogan, Ben

Ben Hogan (hō´gən), 1912–97, American golfer, b. Dublin, Tex. A former caddie, Hogan began his professional playing career in 1937. One of the game's great money winners, he won the Professional Golfers Association championship in 1946 and 1948. After sustaining serious injuries in an automobile accident (Feb., 1949), Hogan made a dramatic comeback with his second U.S. Open victory in 1950. His career featured victories in nine majors, including two Masters titles, one British Open crown, and four U.S. Open wins. He won all of these three major tournaments in 1953.

See biography by J. Dodson (2005), also the author of American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf (2012).

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