This Day in Hogan History: Asheville Land of the Sky Open
By: Mark Baron
On April 5, 1942 Ben Hogan shot a final round 68 to win the Asheville Land of the Sky Open at the Beaver Lake Golf Club in Asheville North Carolina by one stroke over Lawson Little and earned $1,000 for the victory. This was the third year in a row that Ben won this tournament. In the first round Ben shot even par 71 to trail Lawson Little, Byron Nelson Jimmy Hines and Herman Barron by two strokes.
In the second round Ben shot a two under par 69 to finish in a four way tie for third, along with Henry Picard, Jimmy Demaret, Bill Nary and Herman Keiser, three strokes behind Herman Barron who shot a 68 along with his first round score of 69 for a 137 total at the half way point. In the third round Ben shot a three under par 68 to finish tied for second along with Byron Nelson, who tied the course record with a 66. Lawson Little also shot a 66 to take a three stroke lead.
Ben finished the tournament with a 32 on the inward nine holes to overcome a three shot deficit in a duel with Little resembling a match play event. It was a near repeat as last year’s final round where Hogan shot a 68 to make up eight strokes to win by two as Little soared to a 76 after shooting a course record 66 in the third round just as he did this year. The only difference was that this year, Little never blew up. He shot the last nine in even par and barely missed an eagle three on the long 17 th hole. But Hogan was not giving up the title easily.
Trailing Little by three shots after 63 holes, Hogan shot a birdie three, birdie three, par four, three more threes in a row, two of them birdies to make up five shots in six holes. That put him two ahead going into the 17 th , where he three putted to drop the margin to one, but he got home with a par four to save his victory. Byron Nelson finished two strokes back in third place shooting a final round 70. Jimmy Demaret finished in a tie for third, but was in the running until he had three sixes on the last nine after a brilliant 33 had put him in the running. Hogan won $1,000.00 in war bonds for his win which put over $2,000 ahead of the rest of the players in money winnings.
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