Ben Hogan was born Aug. 13, 1912, in Dublin, Texas. His father was a blacksmith who died when Ben was nine. After moving to Fort Worth, Hogan began his life in golf as a caddy, along with Byron Nelson, at the Glen Garden Country Club. Hogan joined the professional circuit in 1932.
Small but strong at 5-foot-7, 140 pounds, Hogan won 64 tournaments, his first in 1938 at the Hershey Four Ball and the last the 1959 Colonial. He won nine majors and is one of the only five men to win the career grand slam.
After several close calls in major championships, he won his first major at the 1946 PGA. When he won the 1948 PGA Championship in May and the U.S. Open at Riviera three weeks later, Hogan felt he was at his peak. But on Feb. 2, 1949, a Greyhound bus crossed a center divider and crashed into the car carrying Hogan and his wife, Valerie.
Hogan nearly died and suffered permanent leg injuries. Miraculously, he won the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion in an 18-hole playoff.
Even though Hogan played only a few tournaments a year thereafter, his best golf was ahead. In 1951, he won his first Masters and the U.S. Open at Oakland Hills. In 1953, he had his greatest year, winning his second Masters, his fourth U.S. Open and his only British Open.
"I always outworked everybody," he said. "Work never bothered me like it bothers some people." 1
In 2003, officials at Harris Methodist Hospital asked the Ben Hogan family if they could name their new state of the art facility after the legend that called Fort Worth his home. The Ben Hogan Center became home to physician offices, outpatient surgery center, and to the Ben Hogan Sports Therapy Institute.
Since that time, Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine has helped thousands of people regain their winning form.
1. World Golf Hall of Fame, St. Augustine Fla.