The 31 Greatest Ben Hogan Photos Of All Time

1 of 31 Augusta National Collection
Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer wait to play their tee shots on the second hole during the 1966 Masters Tournament at Augusta National. Both finished behind Jack Nicklaus, who won his second consecutive title.
2 of 31 John G. Zimmerman/Sports Illustrated
A classic Ben Hogan pose, as he smokes a cigarette and peers down the fairway at Augusta National during the 1960 Masters.
3 of 31 Loomis Dean/Time Life Pictures
Ben Hogan gets in some hotel putting practice under the watchful eye of his wife, Valerie, at Town House in Los Angeles in October 1948.
4 of 31 Getty Images
Ben Hogan's natural looking, overlapping grip can be seen in this photograph from the late 1940s.
5 of 31 Augusta National/Getty Images
Ben Hogan appeared with his bag in this color portrait taken at Augusta National in the 1940s. Hogan won the Masters in 1951 and 1953.
6 of 31 Time & Life Pictures
Ben Hogan's flat swing plane is perfectly illustrated in this June 1955 photo that appeared on the cover of LIFE Magazine.
7 of 31 Bettmann/Corbis
Ben Hogan crosses a stream on the Carnoustie Golf Course on the way to winning the Open Championship in July of 1953. Hogan shot a 68 in the final round to win with a total of 282.
8 of 31 UPI/Bettmann
Henry Picard works with Ben Hogan's strong grip on Long Island in July of 1939. Picard helped Hogan with his game early in his career and is credited with convincing Hogan to use a weaker grip. Picard won the 1938 Masters and 1939 PGA Championship.
9 of 31 Al Panzera
Ben Hogan and Sam Snead laugh in the Houston Country Club clubhouse in 1964.
10 of 31 George Long/Sports Illustrated
Ben Hogan autographs a fan's hat during the Champions International Tournament in Houston in 1970.
11 of 31 Bettmann/Corbis
Sportswriters surround Ben Hogan at the Oakland Hills Country Club after he won the 1951 U.S. Open. Hogan shot 67 in the final round to secure his third Open title.
12 of 31 Sports Illustrated
St. Louis Cardinals great Stan Musial talks with Ben Hogan during a luncheon at Toots Shor's restaurant in Manhattan in July of 1953. Hogan was being honored on his return to the country after winning the 1953 British Open. He added the victory at Carnoustie to his U.S. Open and Masters victories earlier in the year.
13 of 31 PGA of America
The lag in Hogan's powerful, compact swing (and the whippiness in World War II-era shafts) can be seen in this sequence from the late 1940's.
14 of 31 PGA of America
Often imitated, sometimes duplicated, this is Ben Hogan's position just after impact captured on film in the late 1940s. It's still worth copying today.
15 of 31 AP
A younger Ben Hogan is seen following a second-place finish to Lawson Little in the 1941 Texas Open in San Antonio. Hogan's first professional victory was the 1938 Hershey Four-Ball.
16 of 31 Bettmann/CORBIS
Ben and Valerie Hogan relax at Pomonok Country Club in Flushing, N.Y., after Hogan shot a 69 in the 1939 PGA Championship. Henry Picard won over Byron Nelson in the match-play format.
17 of 31 AP
Ben Hogan blasts out of the water in front of the 17th green during the final round of the classic 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver. Hogan laid up on the par-5 and hit a wedge approach that had too much spin and rolled back into the water. He bogied the hole and finished tied for ninth (E) behind winner Arnold Palmer (-4) and runner-up Jack Nicklaus (-2). Here's more on the 1960 U.S. Open from
18 of 31 Hy Peskin/Sports Illustrated
Hy Peskin's iconic photo of Ben Hogan captures his 1-iron approach to the final hole of the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion. Hogan reached the green, made par, and won the title the next day in the 18-hole playoff. The victory came 16 months after Hogan and his wife survived a near-fatal crash with a bus in Texas.
19 of 31 AP
Ben Hogan takes a practice swing on the first tee during the Los Angeles Open at the Riviera Country Club in January 1950. Nicknamed "Hogan's Alley," the course was the site of Hogan's 1948 U.S. Open victory and three Los Angeles Open wins.
20 of 31 Bettmann/CORBIS
Ben Hogan is welcomed back from winning the 1953 British Open with a ticker-tape parade in New York City. Hogan arrived at Carnoustie two weeks before the tournament to prepare. It paid off as he shot 73-71-70-68 and won by four strokes.
21 of 31 AP
Friends Jimmy Demaret and Ben Hogan jokingly share a glass of milk in the Augusta National clubhouse in the 1940s. The gregarious, fun-loving Demaret had a markedly different personality from the serious, efficient Hogan.
22 of 31 Sports Illustrated
Ben Hogan hits a drive during the 1958 British Open at Carnoustie. He won by four shots and recorded an Open-record for the time of 282.
23 of 31 USGA Museum
Ben Hogan sits with Bobby Jones and (back) Jimmy Demaret and Byron Nelson after the first round of the 1946 Masters. Hogan, who shot a first-round 74, finished one shot behind winner Herman Keiser.
24 of 31 Bettmann/Corbis
Ben Hogan celebrates with the Claret Jug after winning the 1953 British Open. Scottish fans took to Hogan, dubbing the calculating, serious Hogan the "Wee Ice Mon."
25 of 31 Bettmann/Corbis
Ben Hogan, with wife Valerie, gives President Dwight Eisenhower a grip lesson during a visit to the White House in August 1953. The visit was part of Hogan's triumphant summer, which included a ticker-tape parade in New York after he won the British Open, his third consecutive major victory.
26 of 31 AP
Ben Hogan, with wife Valerie, recuperates from his near-fatal auto accident in an El Paso, Texas, hospital in 1949. Hogan suffered a fractured pelvis, fractured collar bone, broken ankle bone, cracked rib and multiple bruises. Valerie emerged largely unscathed from the collision with a Greyhound Bus.
27 of 31 Burt Darden
A dejected Ben Hogan rides back to the clubhouse after withdrawing from the 1971 Houston Open, his final round of competitive golf. Curt Sampson, author of "Hogan", described the scene this way: "He had his caddie pick up the ball and said 'so long' to his playing partners, Dick Lotz and Charles Coody. Then he rode back to the clubhouse in a cart, his arms crossed, his eyes down." You can read more on Ben Hogan's final PGA tournament here.
28 of 31 AP
Ben Hogan congratulates Jack Fleck after he beat Hogan by three strokes in an 18-hole playoff at the 1955 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club. You can see more on Fleck's victory, considered one of the greatest upsets of all time, in these 1955 U.S. Open highlights provided to by the USGA.
29 of 31 AP
Ben Hogan and Jimmy Demaret play a practice round before the 1940 Masters. Demaret, who had won five of nine tournaments he entered that year, shot 67-72-70-71 (-8) to win the tournament. Hogan finished tied for 10th at +2.
30 of 31 Augusta National/Getty Images
Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan wait to hit their tee shots at the 1942 Masters. Tied after 72 holes, Nelson defeated Hogan in a Monday playoff with the help of birdies on 11, 12, 13.
31 of 31 David Woo/Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News photographer David Woo later got Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson together for a photo shoot at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. Nelson told Woo this was the only photograph of the men together since the 1940s.