The Majors

13 Graying Golfers Who Nearly Won Majors

July 2014
Ben Hogan

Ben Hogan, 1960 U.S. Open

Eleven years removed from his near-fatal car accident, Hogan was a fragile 47 years old when he arrived at Cherry Hills, yet he became a huge part of what many consider one of the greatest major championships ever. In search of a record fifth U.S. Open title, Hogan hit the first 34 greens in regulation on Saturday (they played the final 36 holes on Saturday then) and had a share of the lead as he reached the penultimate hole. There, he spun a wedge off the front of the green and into the water on his approach to the par 5, which led to a bogey. Needing a birdie on No. 18, Hogan made a triple bogey to fall all the way to T-9. Arnold Palmer held off Jack Nicklaus to win this historic event and Hogan never seriously contended at a U.S. Open again.
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