This Day in Hogan History:
Ben Hogan wins the North-South Open
This was the third time Ben won this event, having won his first individual professional event in 1940 and again in 1942, setting the tournament record with a 271. Ben always said that his 1940 victory was the most satisfying in his lifetime as he struggled for nearly 10 years on the tour before finally earning his first victory.
In 1946, The North and South Open was considered a “Major” Championship by the players as it had one of the highest payouts of its day and the sponsors would give bonuses to their players for winning the event.
In the first round Dick Chapman, winner of the 1940 Amateur Championship shot a three-under-par 69 to take the first round lead. Five pros were tied for second with scores of 71, including Ben Hogan, Ted Kroll, Jim Milward, Willie Goggin and Mike Turnesa. Sam Snead was tied for third with a 72 along with Dick Metz, Tommy Armour, Ed “Porky” Oliver, Claude Harmon, Jimmy Thomson, Fred Annoon and E. J. “Dutch” Harrison.
In the second round Ben shot another 71 for a two round total of 142, to fall two shot back of the leader, E. J. “Dutch” Harrison who shot a 68. In second place was Mike Turnesa one stroke back. Sam Snead, Dick Metz and Tommy Armour were tied for fourth place with 143’s.
For a history of Ben Hogan at the North and South Open at Pinehurst:
In the morning round, the third round of the tournament, Snead finished tied with Hogan by shooting a three-under-par 69 to Hogan’s 70.
In the afternoon round, the fourth round of the tournament, Hogan was out in 35 to pick up two strokes on Snead who shot a 37, but found himself tied with Mike Turnesa who shot a hot 33. Coming in, with a steady rain falling, Hogan was one under par at 35, while Turnesa went one over and Snead just managed to hold his own with a 35. Hogan went a stroke ahead of Turnesa on the 15th hole with a par and gained another stroke on the 16th with a birdie. Meantime, he was matching Snead stroke for stroke.
With this victory, Ben boosted his winning money total for the year to more than $40,000.
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