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Hogan Wins 48 PGA in Final Stroke-Play Try

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The Turnesa brothers were an unusual bunch. There were three of them, and all were pretty good golfers. Not great, but good ' good enough for each to reach the finals of the PGA Championship. But not good enough to overcome the great golfers they had to beat for the championship.
 
In 1927, Joe lost to Walter Hagen. In 1942, Jim lost to Sam Snead. And in 1948, Mike
lost to Ben Hogan.
 
Hogan had a difficult match in the first round of 48, finally defeating Jock Hutchinson on the 23rd hole with a birdie. In the afternoon, Hogan was extended all the way again before finally defeating Johnny Palmer, 1-up. Palmer was 2-up with four holes to go when Hogan poured it on at the end, finishing eagle, par, birdie and birdie.
 
Hogan defeated 46-year-old Gene Sarazen in the next match, again hanging on for a 1-up win. Every one of Hogans wins had come on the 18th hole, but he was able to win on the 17th his next two matches, against Jimmy Demaret and Art Bell.
 
Turnesa won his first two matches by 1-up scores, but he was 2-down with just three holes to play against Claude Harmon in the semifinals. However, Harmon bogeyed the next two holes and Turnesa was able to win on the first extra hole with a 15-foot birdie putt.
 
Hogan, playing the PGA Championship in May in St. Louis, hoped to be the first since Sarazen in 22 to win both the PGA and the U.S. Open in the same year. And despite being outdriven by Turnesa on every hole, he was deadly accurate with his irons to go 4-up in the morning, shooting a 66 in that 18.
 
Turnesa staged a short rally at the start of the afternoon round, but Hogan won the 10th, 11th and 12 holes to score a 7-and-6 victory.
 
For the week, Hogan was 35-under-par for the 213 holes he played. But after the Championship, he was emotionally drained and said he didnt think he would ever play in the PGA again. The grind of 10 rounds in five days was simply too much, he felt.
 
A month later, Hogan indeed won the U.S. Open and reconsidered his decision. But his terrible auto accident the next year when he collided head-on with a bus left him with battered legs that were unable to function for 36 holes in one day.
 
Consequently, he wouldnt return to the PGA Championship until 1960, the third year after the switch to a stroke-play format.
 
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