Ben Hogan's Amazing Record in the US Open Tournament

Ben Hogan at the 1956 Canadian Cup
Ben Hogan (pictured in 1956) was a 4-time winner of the US Open tournament. Joseph McKeown/Picture Post/Getty Images

Ben Hogan played in the U.S. Open 22 times, the first time in 1934 and the last time in 1967. That's a span of 33 years, so why did Hogan play only 22 times? His career was interrupted twice, first by World War II, then by a terrible car crash. In the years after the car crash, Hogan played in pain from the lingering effects of the leg injuries he suffered in that crash.

Hogan got off to a faltering start in U.S. Open play, missing the cut the first three times he played.

But from 1940 through 1960, Hogan won four times and never finished outside the Top 10. He played only three times after 1960, including a final appearance in 1967 at age 54.

Hogan's four victories occurred in these years:

When Hogan won his fourth Open in 1953, he was, at that time, only the third golfer to record four victories in a U.S. Open. Willie Anderson and Bobby Jones were the first. Jack Nicklaus later joined this select group of golfers.

Hogan had chances to add a fifth title, including runner-up finishes in 1955 and 1956.

Hogan's Yearly Finishes at the US Open

Here are Ben Hogan's yearly results in the U.S. Open tournament:

  • 1934: 79-79--158, missed cut
  • 1935: Did not play
  • 1936: 75-79--154, missed cut
  • 1937: Did not play
  • 1938: 77-79--156, missed cut
  • 1939: 76-74-78-80--308, tie 62nd
  • 1940: 70-73-74-73--290, tie 5th
  • 1941: 74-77-68-70--289, tie 3rd
  • 1942-45: No tournament
  • 1946: 72-68-73-72--285, tie 4th
  • 1947: 70-75-70-74--289, tie 6th
  • 1948: 67-72-68-69--276, win
  • 1949: Did not play
  • 1950: 72-69-72-74--287, win (won playoff)
  • 1951: 76-73-71-67--287, win
  • 1952: 69-69-74-74--286, 3rd
  • 1953: 67-72-73-71--283, win
  • 1954: 71-70-76-72--289, tie 6th
  • 1955: 72-73-72-70--287, 2nd (lost playoff)
  • 1956: 72-68-72-70--282, tie 2nd
  • 1957: Did not play
  • 1958: 75-73-75-71--294, tie 10th
  • 1959: 69-71-71-76--287, tie 8th
  • 1960: 75-67-69-73--284, tie 9th
  • 1961: 71-72-73-73--289, tie 14th
  • 1962-65: Did not play
  • 1966: 72-73-76-70--291, 12th
  • 1967: 72-72-76-72--292, tie 34th

Hogan's US Open Playoffs

Hogan was involved in two playoffs in U.S. Opens, winning one and losing one:

  • 1950: Hogan (69) defeated Lloyd Mangrum (73) and George Fazio (75) in 18-hole playoff.
  • 1955: Lost 18-hole playoff to Jack Fleck, 72 to 69

Hogan finished 72 holes at the 1955 U.S. Open before Fleck did, and the score Hogan posted was so impressive to onlookers that everyone assumed he was the winner. He was even being congratulated by other golfers for becoming the first 5-time champ. But Fleck managed to tie Hogan in regulation, then, in one of the biggest upsets in golf history, Fleck beat Hogan in the playoff.