This Day in Hogan History: Ben Hogan wins the Chicago Open
By: Mark Baron – On June 29, 1947 Ben Hogan shot a final round 71 to win the Chicago Victory Open at the Westward Ho Country Club in Elmhurst, shooting a 14-under-par 270, four shots ahead of second place Sam Snead. With Byron Nelson semi-retired, the two biggest names in golf, Hogan and Snead attracted big galleries and they did not disappoint the fans, finishing 1-2. It was Hogan’s third win in the Chicago Open series, to go with his 1941 victory at Elmhurst and in 1942 at Ridgemoor at the Hale America National Open.
In the opening round, two weeks after losing in a playoff at the US Open by missing a 30 inch putt, Snead shot a brilliant eight under par 63 to take a two stroke advantage over fellow Virginian George Payton. Hogan was among a quartet at 66.
After 36 holes Snead was still leading at 12-under 130, Payton at 133, Hogan at 134.
On Saturday, Hogan shot another 66 and Snead shot a three over par 75, to take the lead by 5 strokes over Snead and Jim Ferrier, who had won the PGA Championship earlier that year.
Hogan finished with a one under par 70 to Snead’s 69 and collected $2,000 for his victory giving him $16,567 for the year passing Jimmy Demaret as the year’s leading money winner, then took two weeks off.
This was the third time Ben won a tournament in Chicago in the past seven years, including the 1942 Hale America Open and the 1941 Chicago Open.
Pictured is the 1947 Chicago Victory Open Champion, Ben Hogan on the cover of “Where” magazine, a local Chicago publication, advertising that the defending Champion will be playing the 1948 Chicago Victory Open
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