PGA TOUR: The Hogan Mystique Is Alive and Well At Colonial CC
Featured Columnist Andy Reistetter is on site at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
Even though his name is not in the title of this week's tournament the Hogan Mystique is alive and well at Colonial CC.
There are only five tournaments on the PGA TOUR named for past players.
Arnold Palmer has his Invitational presented by Mastercard at Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Byron Nelson has his HP Championship at on the other side of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex at TPC Four Seasons and, wait a minute…
Whether in the official name or not Jack Nicklaus has his Memorial next week at Muirfield Village GC.
Bobby Jones has his legacy tournament at The Masters and can even claim another since his childhood course East Lake is used for the TOUR Championship.
Tiger Woods has his National this year at Armonik GC.
Featured this week on the PGA TOUR is Ben Hogan's Invitational at Colonial.
Shame on sponsor's Morgan Stanley, Coca-Cola, AT&T, and Crowne Plaza for not giving the legends their due and prominently showcasing their names.
Ditto for the new Slammin' Sammy Snead's Greenbrier Classic whoever is sponsoring that event.
What are they scared of?
Remember the Bing Crosby fiasco in the mid 80s?
Every one knows this is Ben Hogan's tournament, it's Hogan's Alley.
Hogan has won it five times- back-to-back in 1946 and '47, then again in 1952 and '53, and last in 1959.
No one else has won it more than two times.
Finishing 15 out of 21 years played in the Top 10, the Hall of Famer has three more than Gene Littler in 29 starts and four more than Tom Watson in 24 starts.
A pure ball-striker's course, Hogan once said "a straight ball will get you in more trouble at Colonial than any course I know."
On the main floor of the clubhouse is the Ben Hogan Trophy Room.
All the major accomplishments of the hometown hero of Fort Worth are on display along with his precision manufacturer Hogan branded golf clubs.
The Hawk won 54 times on the PGA TOUR including nine majors.
Hogan's Slam in 1953 could have been "The Slam."
By the time he won the British Open at Carnoustie the PGA Championship in Birmingham, Michigan had already concluded.
He was the second golfer to win the professional career Grand Slam following Gene Sarazen.
Since Hogan, only Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have duplicated the feat.
Jack and Tiger doing it three times each.
In Hogan's room, there is a photograph of his demolished car from the accident that threatened to end his career.
A movie poster from the film Follow the Sun that depicted his courageous recovery and comeback is there as well.
He won 6 of his 9 majors; 13 of his 54 wins after the horrific accident.
Talk about focusing one's limited energy and peaking for the majors!
Outside the clubhouse on the patio overlooking the 18th green is a bigger-than-life size bronze statue of Hogan at the top of his definitive swing.
Hogan will preside in spirit, his presence will be well noted as the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial is staged for the 66th time.
Otherwise known as Hogan's Tournament at Hogan's Alley.
Andy Reistetter is a freelance golf writer. He follows the PGA TOUR volunteering and working part time for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, and The Golf Channel.
He resides in Jacksonville Beach, Florida near the PGA TOUR headquarters and home of The PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach.
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