This Day in Hogan History:
HOGAN WINS 1947 TAM O’SHANTER
By: Mark Baron – On September 28, 1947, Ben Hogan shot a final round 70 to win the World’s Championship of Golf at the Tam O’Shanter CC., by three shots over Bobby Locke, shooting a two-day score of 135 that included nine birdies and an eagle.
This was an 8 player tournament with a winner take all first prize of $5,000. In order to be invited to this tournament, golfers had to have a recent win under their belts. The field included Ben Hogan (Chicago Victory Open victor), Bobby Locke (All-American Tournament), Jimmy Demaret (Masters), Lloyd Mangrum (South American Open), Sam Snead (Tam O’Shanter), Lew Worsham (US Open), Jim Ferrier (PGA) and Johnny Palmer (Western Open). Each player received $2,000 in expense money.
Pictured is a sequence of Ben Hogan’s swing taken in 1947 just prior to his victory at the World’s Golf Championship at the Tam O’Shanter Country Club
Earlier in the year the All-American Golf Tournament was held at the same golf course, that had the largest purse in professional golf, but Hogan did not participate as the owner of the tournament required the players to wear identifying numbers on their back which Ben found distasteful.
Ben took over the yearly total money race with this victory with a total take of $29,310.
In the first round, Ben shot a course record tying, seven-under par 65 and gave him a three stroke lead. Bobby Locke was tied with Hogan after nine holes with a three-under par 33, but came back with a 35 for a total of 68. George S. May, the tournament sponsor, offered Hogan $1,000 on the 16th hole if he broke the course record, but the strain was too much and Hogan three-putted the 16th. In tying the record, Ben had six birdies and an eagle.
In the second and final round Ben shot a two-under par 70 for a 135 total, three strokes ahead of Bobby Locke and four ahead of Jimmy Demaret and Lloyd Mangrum. Sam Snead shot a 145 total, Lew Worsham shot 146, Jim Ferrier shot 147 and Johnny Palmer finished last with a 149.
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