Ben Hogan grew up in the caddy yard and used to have to shag balls for the older caddies because he could not match their distance with his cross-handed grip. Pro Ted Longworth saw something in Hogan that was unmatched by the others, and in 1926 Longworth began to help Hogan. The lessons began with a grip change. Hogan would go on to win 62 tournaments, nine of those major championships, including four U.S. Opens.
Hogan, already one of the dominant players in the game was nearly killed in a 1949 car crash. Some said he would never walk again but Hogan came back to win the 1950 U.S. Open and many more tournaments, to boot. He established his own club manufacturing company in 1953. The Ben Hogan Company was also involved with starting professional golf’s second tour, The Ben Hogan Tour, now known as The Nationwide Tour, a proving ground for the future PGA tour pros.
Birthplace: Dublin, Texas
Born: August 13, 1912
Died: July 25, 1997