A Hoganesque shot to Merions 18th


ARDMORE, Pa. – American Bud Cauley can only hope somebody got a photograph of his follow through from behind.

With his Walker Cup morning foursomes match on the line Sunday at Merion Golf Club, Cauley stepped over his approach shot in the 18th fairway. He was about 15 feet directly right of the plaque that commemorates Ben Hogan’s famed 1-iron shot at the 1950 U.S. Open. The shot, which got Hogan into a playoff he would win, was immortalized by photographer Hy Peskin, who captured Hogan's swing from behind.

With the wind at his back and 216 yards to the pin, Cauley hit 5-iron to about 40 feet. It set up a two-putt par, lifting he and Rickie Fowler to a 1-up victory against Stiggy Hodgson and Niall Kearney.