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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 235
O N April 12, 1953, a 40-year-old Ben Hogan shattered the 72-hole scoring record at the U.S. Masters and was on his way to the ‘Triple Crown’. The Hall of Famer, who famously finished 1953 with three of the four majors, needed only 274 shots to get around Augusta – eclipsing the previous record, which belonged to Ralph Guldahl, by five shots. Hogan, or ‘The Hawk’, went on to win five of seven events in 1953, which was made even more impressive by the failures he’d experienced the previous year. The sweet-swinging Texan had entered the final round at the 1952 Masters Tournament with a share of the lead, but a disastrous final-round 79 saw him slip to a tie for 7th. So Hogan, who had been practising for weeks, returned to Augusta determined to make his 1953 campaign count - and shot the first two rounds in 139. “I hit the ball better – more like I wanted to hit it – than in any 72-hole tournament I’ve ever played,” Hogan said after winning his second green jacket. “Before the tournament started I knew I was playing the best golf of my life, and I knew that if I played in the tourney the way I did while practicing I would win.” The Hawk - who took 10 years to win his first pro tournament – accumulated 69 wins and nine majors across a 40-year career, and is still considered by many to have had the best swing of all time. Nobody has won the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open in the same year – the ‘Hogan Slam’ – since Ben Hogan, and it all started at Augusta this week in 1953. it happened this week in... 1953 • The Chancellor of the International Olympic Committee says that Melbourne should lose the 1956 Olympic Games because: “The Australians have done absolutely nothing so far except squabble around with money.” • Patty Berg wins the LPGA New Orleans Women’s Golf Open. • Truce talks begin between the United Nations and North Korea to release sick and wounded prisoners of the Korean War. An armistice was signed in July but the war has still technically never ended. • An American doctor – Jonas Sulk – announces he has developed a vaccine against polio which would go on to eradicate the disease from the world. Also making news this week in 1953 GREEN JEWEL IN HOGAN’S TRIPLE CROWN VIDEO: RELIVE HOGAN’S 1953 MASTERS TRIUMPH WORDS BY MICHAEL JONES
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