Just some thoughts:
The Scots called Hogan,’The Wee Ice Mon.’
The Americans knew him as: The Hawk.”
The Eternal Summer— Curt Sampson
During one of my days on staff at the United States Golf Association I was going through some old U.S.Open records. I was looking at some pairing sheets from a previous U.S. Open and noticed that the current Executive Director of the USGA, P.J.Boatwright had once been paired with the legendary Ben Hogan.
This came as a surprise as I did not know that Mr. “B” had ever played in the Open and then to think he was paired with Hogan. Mr. Boatwright’s office was just down the hall from mine so I got up and walked to his office. I handed the pairings information to him. Taking his pipe from his mouth he smiled slightly, said nothing and then looked at me. “Mr. “B” the golfing world has heard a lot of stories about Hogan, what was he like on that day, what did he say to you, what was it like to be on the first tee with him?”
Mr.”B” smiled, “Well all day he said only two words to me, “Good morning. That’s all he said for the day.”
In Curt Sampson’ book, The Eternal Summer he says of : “Hogan was never a charismatic man. He would clam up on the first tee and might not say a word all day to his playing partners.”
Little known about Hogan that from 1946 to 1948 he played in eighty tournaments. From 1950 to 1960 he entered only five to seven events a year. In 1953 he played in six tournaments and won five of them including the Master’s, the U.S.Open and British Open.
Sitting just to my right of where I am typing this is a framed autographed poster signed by Hogan. They say he did not sign many items.
I think one would agree Hogan took his work quite seriously.
Posted April 17, 2019