At least two PGA Tour stars – Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau – mentioned Ben Hogan when discussing Tiger Woods’ possible rematch following the recent accident.
McIlroy prayed to Woods to get well, soon return to his daily life and be happy with his family. DeChambeau hopes the same.
In terms of his top golf career, McIlroy thinks Woods’ chances of returning are low. “I do not deny the proof from Ben Hogan in the past, but now, the rematch is very far away for Tiger. He’s not superman,” said McIlroy above. Golf Digest on February 24.
But DeChambeau believes the opposite. “Through my own understanding, I am sure Tiger will recover and do his best to come back. He is a miraculous man so he can do extraordinary things. Ben Hogan used to be. Give Tiger more time. “said the 2020 major US Open major.
Hogan was born in 1912, is a great fighter. In 1949, a large bus hit him directly, when Hogan was 36 years old and at the top of his form with three majores. He had a fractured clavicle, a broken pelvis, a broken ankle, and a broken rib, and his left eye couldn’t open because of swelling.
Before the accident, Hogan and his wife – Valerie were on their way home to Fort Worth, Texas after a tournament in Phoenix, Arizona. They crossed 800 kilometers on the first day, planning to add the same distance to the second day, February 2, 1949. Both started early in the morning, it was cold. Entering the two-way highway No. 80 for 15 km, the Hogan and his wife encountered a thick fog and the road was covered with thin ice. Hogan decelerated the Cadillac to about 40 km / h. At that time, he saw four flashes of lights. From the opposite direction, the bus driver tried to pass the truck and could not see the Hogan. He knew he would be stabbed directly, so he instinctively leaned over to cover his wife. And he escaped death by acting in that split second.
After the collision, the steering wheel was attached to the driver’s seat. If he stays there, Hogan is sure to be done. Hogan and his wife are stuck in a cramped console. Hogan is unconscious and Valerie is only slightly injured. She lowered her glasses and called for help. Another driver came to help, then took Hogan out with her. It took 90 minutes for the ambulance to arrive. There is an anecdote that while on the tape, Hogan also asked his wife about the condition of his own cane. “They’re safe,” Valerie replied.
Hogan was in trouble when he was rated as the best golfer in the world. He just won the US Open and the PGA Championship and was on the cover of the Magazine Time three weeks before the accident. The article also quotes Hogan saying: “My life is not really golf, but traveling everywhere. I want to die old, not say goodbye to eternity when I was young”.
Hospitalized, the doctors re-arranged the bones for Hogan and judged that he was able to heal as well. But a few weeks later, blood clots appeared. One of them was on the lungs. The doctor must have emergency surgery. At that time, no one discussed the rematch, only worried about Hogan’s survival.
The normal Hogan is 1.74 meters tall and weighs 63 kg. After a month in a hospital bed, he was discharged from the hospital and lost 9 kg. Hogan returned home in March 1949. In the summer of the same year, he was still unable to swing the cane because he was weak.
In front of the media, Hogan said he would try golf again, but didn’t believe it was possible. “Don’t believe Ben. He’ll be himself again,” Valerie assured.
And then Hogan came back step by step. Nearly a year after the accident, he painted the Los Angeles Open – the predecessor to the Genesis Invitational hosted by Tiger Woods last week. Hogan equaled Sam Snead after 72 standard holes. In the 18 hole playoff match, Snead beat Hogan. In PGA Tour history, Snead and Woods hold a record 82 titles together.
Player Lee Trevino once said that the best way to avoid lightning is to stand in the middle of the fairway and only the number 1 iron rod because heaven cannot hit with this stick. But in June 1950, Hogan used his No. 1 iron to launch one of the supposed “golf legends” at hole 18, the last round of the US Open.
Then he went to the green, adding two more putts to hold par, thus leading to an 18-hole play-off with Lloyd Mangrum and George Fazio. Hogan wins this three-way play-off. The golf world calls it “The Miracle at the Merion Course”.
Since his discharge from the hospital, Hogan has won six more majors out of the 13 PGA Tour championships. Particularly in the 1953 season, he won five out of six competitions, of which there were three major. All were in an overwhelming split of four at The Open Championship, six at the US Open and Masters.
His whole career in the American golf arena, Hogan won nine major in 64 championships.
Hogan died in 1997, at the age of 84. At that time, Woods was only a year on the PGA Tour.
At the Masters 2018, Woods told the media, “I think Ben Hogan has made one of the greatest rallies in sports. Because he was hit by a bus, suffering so much pain but still came back.” and won many major “.
World sports also rated Woods winning the major Masters 2019 as a great comeback. And now, fans hope that he will, above all, be at peace.
A car accident near Los Angeles caused Woods to fracture his right leg and shinbone and severely damage his lower limb. Lesions are complex. During the emergency surgery, the doctor splinted the shin bone, using screws to fix the foot and ankle bones. They also opened the muscle mantle, allowing the swelling to relieve the pressure on this part. These actions are intended to save Woods feet and increase his chances of rehabilitation in the future. Woods was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for continued treatment.
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