For those of you who know me or who have taken lessons from me know that I am a huge admirer of Ben Hogan. Then again, who isn't?
Today (February 2nd, 1949), was the horrific day when Mr. Hogan and his wife Valerie, were involved in a head on collision with a Greyhound bus. Upon seeing the oncoming bus, Mr. Hogan threw his body in front of Valerie. That act of bravery not only saved her life, but his own as well. He suffered many broken bones and sustained many injuries, which included permanent damage to both legs. The prognosis from doctors was that he would probably never walk again and playing golf would not be an option.
Drawing inspiration from the thousands of letters and cards he received from well wishers and fans, and sheer determination, he proved them wrong! Mr. Hogan not only returned to play golf, but he played in AND won the 1950 U.S. Open! He went on to play some of his best golf ever which included six majors (U.S. Open (3), the Masters (2), and the British Open).
For a brief history and accomplishments of his life, please visit the World Golf Hall of Fame's website by clicking on his signature below:
And here's a very, very brief video mentioning the car accident!
May his life and accomplishments inspire you as they continue to inspire me!
Peace... Love... Golf!