1948: Hogan's last stand

Champion: Ben Hogan, Hershey, Pa.
Site: Norwood Hills Country Club, St. Louis, Mo.
Date: May 19-25
Purse: $17,700
Par: 35-36 - 71

Mike Turnesa was attempting to become the first from his family of outstanding golfers to win a major championship. In 1927, his brother Joe lost to Walter Hagen in the finals, and brother Jim was defeated by Sam Snead in 1942. The problem Mike had was with Ben Hogan, one of the all-time greatest pressure players. Hogan was attempting a first, too. With a victory, he could become the first player since Gene Sarazen in 1922 to win a PGA Championship and U.S. Open Championship in the same year.

Despite being outdriven by Turnesa on every hole, Hogan used his irons with deadly accuracy in a 7 and 6 rout. Hogan posted a 66 in the morning round to go 4-up, and won the 28th, 29th and 30th holes to close out Turnesa. Hogan was 35 under par for the 213 holes he played. After the finale, the weary conqueror said he didn't think he would ever play in the PGA Championship again. The grind of 10 rounds in five days was too much. But Hogan reconsidered his decision after he won the U.S. Open the following month at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California. In 1949, Hogan had little choice in skipping the Championship. A near-fatal automobile accident left his legs battered. He did return to play in the PGA Championship in 1960, the third year after the switch to a 72-hole stroke-play format.

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