Hogan: One of a Kind

October 1992
Sports Illustrated;10/22/92, Vol. 77 Issue 17, p42
Ben Hogan was once described by Gene Sarazen as "perpetually hungry," which may explain why on the golf course Hogan smiled about as often as he whiffed. In the 1953 Pan American Open, rookie Gardner Dickerson shot a miserable 78 in the third round while paired with Hogan. Hogan, who began his career as an 11-year-old caddie in Fort Worth, Texas, was renowned for being utterly self-sufficient on the golf course and taciturn with his caddies. After losing to Hogan 10 and 9 in the 1946 PGA semifinals, Hogan's close friend Jimmy Demaret was asked what Ben had said to him during the round. Sam Snead always said that while on the Tour, he tried to avoid staying in the hotel room next to Hogan's because the thumping of Ben's endless putting practice in the middle of the night would keep Snead awake.


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