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Hogan, Ben

(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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Hogan, (William Benjamin) Ben

(1912–  ) golfer; born in Stephenville, Texas. One of golf's most dominant players during the late 1940s and early 1950s, he learned the game while working as a caddy at age 11. He turned professional at age 19, and between 1946 and 1953 he won four U.S. Open tournaments, two Masters, two Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) titles, and the British Open. In 1949 he was involved in a near-fatal automobile accident, but he recovered to win the U.S. Open in 1950. A movie based on his courageous recovery, Follow the Sun, was released in 1951, starring Glenn Ford.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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