This Day in Hogan History: Hogan, Demaret win Inverness Four-Ball, again
By: Mark Baron – On June 23, 1946 Ben Hogan teamed with Jimmy Demaret to win the Inverness Four-Ball Tournament at the Inverness Country Club in Toledo, Ohio, earning $1,625.00 each. In this tournament, eight pairs of golfers played seven rounds over a span of five days against every other team. The team with the most winning holes won the tournament.
In the first round Hogan / Demaret defeated Sam Byrd / E. J. Harrison seven-up. Lloyd Mangrum / Lawson Little defeated Toney Penna / Herman Barron one-up. Byron Nelson / Harold “Jug” McSpaden defeated Bob Hamilton / Dick Metz. Herman Keiser / Chandler Harper defeated Sam Snead / Vic Ghezzi one-up.
In the second round Hogan / Demaret was defeated by Mangrum / Little 1-up. Nelson / McSpaden defeated Penna / Barron five-up.
In the third round Hogan / Demaret defeated Snead / Ghezzi five-up. Nelson / McSpaden defeated Keiser / Harper five-up. At the end of three rounds the Nelson / McSpaden team led the tournament by a slim two point margin over Hogan / Demaret. Both teams were tied in the “Birdie Derby” with 20 each. An extra prize of $250 for each player was at stake offered for the most birdies by one team in the tournament.
In the fourth round Hogan / Demaret defeated Harper / Keiser one-up. Nelson / McSpaden lost to Byrd / Harrison by one.
In the fifth round Hogan / Demaret defeated Penna / Barron four-up. Nelson / McSpaden defeated Mangrum / Little five-up. At the end of the fifth round the Nelson / McSpaden team had +17, one ahead of the Hogan / Demaret team with +16. All the other teams had minus scores.
In the sixth round, the two leading teams squared up against each other. The Hogan / Demaret team prevailed over Nelson / McSpaden by one stroke. There were 13 birdies in the match.
In the final round Hogan / Demaret defeated Hamilton / Metz three-up while the Nelson / McSpaden team lost for the third time to Snead / Ghezzi by two strokes.
The final tally was:
Hogan / Demaret +20
Nelson / McSpaden +14
Mangrum / Little +6
Harper / Keiser +2
Snead / Ghezzi -1
Hamilton / Metz -7
Penna / Barron -14
Byrd / Harrison -20
This was the second time the Hogan / Demaret team would win this event, having previously won in 1941. They would also win it in the upcoming two years in 1947 and 1948.
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