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Top 5 Open Moments: Ben Hogan

1953 was right up Hogan's alley

Posted Jun 14, 2011 by Chris White

Carnoustie hosted the 1953 Open

In 1949, Ben Hogan was involved in a terrible car accident and many feared that he wouldn’t be removed from the wreckage alive. To the disbelief of the world, having watched him learn to walk all over again due to the nature of his injuries, Hogan took part in the US Open the next year. And won.

By 1953, Hogan had clinched the Masters and US Open titles and arrived at Carnoustie in stunning form for the Open Championship. He began with opening rounds of 73 and 71, and was one stroke behind the leaders at the halfway stage.

He made a 70 in his third round, meaning he now had a share of the overall lead. In the final round, he chipped in at the fifth from the edge of a bunker, and then birdied the next hole, which was to become known as ‘Hogan’s alley’ after the approach route the American took to the hole – between the out-of-bounds on the left and the bunkers.

On the same hole, Hogan actually found himself playing from the same divot he made in the morning round, just going to show how accurately he was playing at the time.

Hogan went on to win the tournament by four strokes, finishing with a final round 68, in his only visit to the Open Championship, which made it even more impressive.

Hogan missed out on the Grand slam in 1953 due to the calendar at the time, with the US PGA Championship ending the day before the Open began, meaning that participation in both events wasn’t possible.

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