1948: Ben Hogan wins the Reading Open overcoming a 5 stroke deficit

This Day in Hogan History: 1948 READING OPEN VICTORY

On July 25, 1948 Ben Hogan overcame a five stroke deficit and shot a final round, eight under par 64, to win the Reading Open at the Berkshire Country Club in Pennsylvania by one stroke over Fred Haas, Jr.

This victory was the fourth of six in a row for Hogan, which is a tie for the second longest winning streak in professional golf.

Starting the fourth round, Hogan was five strokes behind the leader Fred Haas, Jr., who shared or held the lead through the first three rounds. Hogan eagled the second hole by chipping in from 25 feet away. He was six under par after 12 holes, but three putted the 13th for a bogie. His drive on the 14th was right and in the rough, but he pitched to within two yards of the hole for another birdie. He parred the 15th, birdied 16 and 17 and finished with a par for a total of 64 breaking the course record by one stroke set by Jimmy Demaret the previous year and his 72 hole aggregate was the lowest ever recorded on this course.

Hogan earned $2,600.00 for the victory giving him a total of $22,797 for the year to return him to the top of the money race. He fell to second place last week when he did not play in the Dapper Dan tournament at Pittsburgh. Lloyd Mangrum finished in a tie for 18th and won $200 to bring his second place total to $19,319.

Ben was quoted after the tournament:

“There’s nothing like a little pressure to make a man play good golf.”

Pictured is left to right, Ellsworth Vines, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen on the first tee of a practice round in the 1948 Reading Open at the Berkshire Country Club in Pennsylvania where Ben won his fourth tournament of six in a row.

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