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PGA TOUR Victories (64)
International Victories (1)
Additional Victories (2)
PGA TOUR (8-12)
Died in Fort Worth, Texas–at All Saints Hospital–on July 25 after suffering a fall in his home.
Was diagnosed with colon cancer, with surgeons removing a large part of his colon. Was unable to participate in Fort Worth's Ben Hogan Week held in conjunction with that year's Colonial National Invitation, festivities that included Colonial CC unveiling a statue of him just inside the front entrance of the club. Missed his first past-champions dinner at Colonial, always held the night before the start of the tournament.
The PGA TOUR announced that its new developmental tour would be known as the Ben Hogan Tour, sponsored by the Ben Hogan Company. At the announcement of the formation of the new Tour, he said, "I wish there had been a similar opportunity when I was starting out. Maybe my career would have gotten off to a faster start."
Was hospitalized in Fort Worth for nearly two months due to pneumonia.
Equaled his age for the first time when he shot a 64 at the Shady Oaks CC in Fort Worth during a non-competitive round.
Was one of the 13 in the first class inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Received the William D. Richardson Award from the Golf Writers Association of American for his outstanding contributions to golf.
Made one start, at the Houston Champions International, an event that ultimately was his last PGA TOUR appearance. He withdrew after struggling through his first 12 holes. On the par-3 fourth hole at Champions GC in the opening round, he made a nine on the hole, taking three penalty strokes, and then threw his club. "I hate to play and quit–it burns me up. My left leg started acting up. It was miserable. I couldn't keep up with the boys. I just had to give up," he later told the Associated Press.
Played in two of the four majors, a T21 at the Masters Tournament and a T15 at the PGA Championship at Laurel Valley CC in Pennsylvania. In the second round, playing partner George Knudson made an ace on the 238-yard eighth hole in the second round. He claimed it was the first hole-in-one he had ever witnessed.
In his four made cuts, he finished in the top 10 in all of them.
Recorded one of the great seasons in professional golf history. Won all three of the major championships he entered, including his only appearance in The Open Championship, and all five of his official starts overall. Was the PGA Player of the Year for the fourth time in six years.
Won the PGA Player of the Year Award for a second consecutive season and third time overall. In four starts, he won three times and was T4 in the other. Won the Masters Tournament for the first time, beating Skee Riegel by two strokes at Augusta National.
Because of ongoing health issues, only played in six tournaments, winning one, losing in a playoff in another and finishing T3 in a third. Secured his second PGA Player of the Year Award.
On Feb. 2, while traveling with his wife, Valerie, a Greyhound bus hit the couple's car near Van Horn, Texas, a crash that saw him suffer fractures to his pelvis, collarbone and left ankle, as well as damage to his bladder and cuts to his face. His wife suffered minimal injuries as her husband threw himself across her body before impact.
Earned the inaugural PGA Player of the Year Award after a dominating 10-win season.
Had 13 wins and six second-place performances in his most prolific season of his career as he led the money list. His victory total is the second most in TOUR history, behind only Byron Nelson's 18 wins a year earlier.
Won five times and finished in the top 10 in all 18 of his tournaments.
Resumed his TOUR career even though he was promoted to captain in the Army Air Corps. Played in two official tournaments and one unofficial event between July and September.
Did not play an official tournament. Was drafted into the United States Army Air Corps in March and assigned to Fort Worth Army Air Field, where he helped train and teach exercise and physical education to other draftees. He attended officer-candidate school in Miami and was commissioned a second lieutenant then returned to Fort Worth to train to become a flight instructor.
The most amazing part of his season was not his five victories but, perhaps, his 11 second-place finishes. Played 28 tournaments, didn't miss a cut and finished in the top 10 27 times (T17 at the San Francisco Match Play was his only showing outside the top 10). Led the money list, with $18,734 in earnings.
Won the Vardon Trophy and was the circuit's leading money-winner. He won his second tournament–but first individual title–and established himself as a premier player, earning an additional three victories and finishing runner-up in five other tournaments.
He married the former Valerie Fox in Texas.
Joined the PGA as a member.
Turned pro at age 17.