By Curt Sampson
(Three Rivers Press, Paperback, 9780553061949, 288pp.)
Publication Date: May 5, 1997
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Ben Hogan won four U.S. Opens in six years, three of them after a near-fatal head-on automobile collision. Driven by an obsessive dedication to the game, legend has it, he practiced until his hands bled. The concentration and precision he exhibited on the course awed spectators and fellow players alike.
In this extraordinary book--the first full-scale biography of the enigmatic Hogan in twenty years--Curt Sampson explores the milestones of Hogan's life--his father's suicide, his miraculous comeback after his brush with death, his many triumphs on the Tour. Sampson draws on interviews with fellow golf legends Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus, and Sam Snead to present an in-depth portrait of a man with bullet-proof confidence and singlemindedness, a man who turned the negatives he encountered into a life of glory and achievement.
Curt Sampson enjoyed modest success as a junior, amateur, and college golfer but was a dud, he says, as a club and touring professional. The author of three other books, he lives in Bristol, Texas, with his wife and two children.
"A superb and insightful portrait of the most elusive and complex champion in golf history . . . worth every damn cent you're asked to pay for it." —Guy Yocom, Golf Digest