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USGA acquires Peskin golf photo collection

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The USGA has reached an agreement to acquire the archives of noted golf photographer Hy Peskin, the governing body announced in a release Thursday.

The collection now available to the USGA museum includes 1,700 images, though none is more notable than Peskin's shot of Ben Hogan's 1-iron approach to the 72nd green at the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion.

"Hy Peskin was a pioneer in sports photography who documented some of the greatest in the history of golf," said Robert Williams, director of the USGA museum, as part of the release. "We are excited to have the opportunity to be the caretakers of his collection."

Peskin, who was the first staff photographer hired at Sports Illustrated, died in 2005 at age 89.

"It has always been important to our family that Hy's work find a place to be revered," said Preston Reynolds, Peskin's son.

Peskin's image of Hogan after his approach to the 18th green in 1950 remains one of the most famous golf images of all time. Hogan went on to par the hole to force an 18-hole playoff with Lloyd Mangrum and George Fazio, which Hogan won to claim the second of his four career U.S. Open titles just 16 months after a near-fatal car crash. This June, the USGA hosted the U.S. Open at Merion for the fourth time, with Justin Rose winning his first major title by two shots over Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.