Miracle at Merion by David Barrett

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Legendary sportswriter Red Smith characterized Ben Hogan’s comeback from a near-fatal automobile crash in February 1949 as “the most remarkable feat in the history of sports.” Nearly sixty years later, that statement still rings true. The crowning moment of Hogan’s comeback was his dramatic victory in the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club near Philadelphia, where his battered legs could barely carry him on the 36-hole final day. Miracle at Merion tells the stirring story of Hogan’s triumph over adversity—the rarely-performed surgery that saved his life, the months of rehabilitation when he couldn’t even hit a golf ball, his stunning return to competition at the Los Angeles Open, and, finally, the U.S. Open triumph that returned him to the pinnacle of the game.

While Hogan was severely injured in the accident, fracturing his pelvis, collarbone, rib, and ankle, his life wasn’t in danger until two weeks later when blood clots developed in his leg, necessitating emergency surgery. Hogan didn’t leave the hospital until April and didn’t even touch a golf club until August. It wasn’t until November, more than nine months after the accident, that he was able to go to the range to hit balls. Hogan’s performance at the Los Angeles Open in early January convinced Hollywood to make a movie out of his life and comeback (Follow the Sun, starring Glenn Ford). Five months later, Hogan completed his miraculous comeback by winning the U.S. Open in a riveting 36-hole playoff against Lloyd Mangrum and George Fazio, permanently cementing his legacy as one of the sport’s true legends.

About David Barrett

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David Barrett has been a professional golf writer for more than thirty years. For eighteen years, Barrett served as an editor at Golf magazine, where he wrote the popular "Within the Rules" column. He presently serves as editor-in-chief of Fairway Living magazine. He is a regular contributor to GolfObserver.com and the author of several previous books on golf including Golfing with Dad and Miracle at Merion, which was awarded the USGA's 2010 Herbert Warren Wind Award as the year's best book on golf.
Published October 8, 2010 by Skyhorse Publishing. 320 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Still suffering the effects of his near fatal car accident (and the just as deadly blood clots in the legs), Hogan staggered his way through ninety holes , managing to hold off the likes of Sam Snead, Cary Middlecoff, and Lloyd Mangrum.

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