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Miracle at Merion: The Inspiring Story of Ben Hogan's Amazing Comeback and Victory at the 1950 U.S. Open Hardcover – October 8, 2010
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"Barrett's very thorough research and straightforward prose are just right for the topic. Hogan fans will love Miracle at Merion." ---- Curt Sampson, bestselling author of Hogan
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Golf writer David Barrett, who has covered 25 U.S. Opens, presents a thorough and rounded account of Ben Hogan's comeback from a near-fatal car wreck to win the most coveted trophy in the sport. The astonishing story of how Hogan survived a head-on crash with a speeding Greyhound bus, fought through months of life-threatening surgery and painful therapy, then returned to the PGA Tour a year later has been told many times, but Barrett gives the reader both a wide view of the events and people surrounding the story as well as an incisive account of how Hogan the individual was changed by it.
Of particular interest are Barrett's portraits of Hogan's compatriots. Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, and Cary Middlecoff are among the giants of the game with whom Hogan competed. Barrett shows the reader how their careers meshed with Hogan's and, even more importantly, he reveals them not just as golfers but as human beings--just like he does Ben Hogan.
The book also gives a great look at the PGA Tour of Hogan's day. About the only thing today's tour has in common with Hogan's is the use of a little white ball and a four-and-a-quarter-inch hole. Among the many differences, of course, is money. Tiger Woods earned $1,350,000 for his victory in 2008; Hogan's check in 1950 was for a whopping $4,000. The Miracle at Merion brings both Hogan's historic win and the professional game of the era vibrantly to life.Read more ›
At first I thought he was building a story about the 2 other men Ben would compete with that final round at Merion but no... This isn't a book about Ben Hogan's Inspiring story and comeback at Merion, not really. Most of the book (like 80%) is about every well known and many UNKNOWN golfers in the 40's AND Ben Hogan. He recounts entire seasons of golf for EACH golfer + Ben Hogan. Now I'm invested... I'm half way through the book and have decided to just flip pages to find the actual Miracle at Merion. I can't stand another story about an actor or a guys whose career stalled or got shot by his wife or had a back injury...
Advice - don't end up where I am. Half way through a book feeling invested enough to struggle through the terrible writing style just to find the few nuggets of info about Ben Hogan. Pick a different book.
The background info on many of the other players in the tournement was intersting for me, though.
3 stars is all. I even lost interest with the epiloque.
It's premised on being a book on Hogan, but it's mostly superficial reportage about the event; which Hogan happened to win. Real Hogan lovers may feel cheated. The mental crucible of the golf swing, especially under US Open pressure, Hogan's search for the ideal powerful, repeatable swing; and him having to summon all that up to win that Open - none of that is satisfactorily covered here. And there are few references to "Five Lessons," Hogan's last word on the golf swing. That's a critical oversight because we'd gain much insight into Hogan's victory from his non-technical comments in that "Five Lessons" book. But it's glossed over...
The book did have some good bits in it. I may be being a bit too harsh. But it seems to me there are far too few quality ingredients to make a good cake.
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Kind of all over the place - didn't really like the way it was written...Published 5 months ago by Ryan M. Devlin
Well researched factual account of the game and the star players of the time. A good read.Published 5 months ago by Robert Cook
Amazing story of perserverence and determination from one of the greatest golfers of all time, Mr. Ben Hogan.Published 6 months ago by Frank M.
It was amazing to learn how Hogan overcame such medical challenges after his car accident. What a brave soul. Now I know why he is so admired.Published 7 months ago by Jim Foley
A great read. If you're a golf fan you need to know about the pioneers of the tour like Hogan. Without his like there would be no tour today and the pampered so-called superstars... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Calas
Excellent sport history book about the tragic accident of one of golfs greatest players and how he overcome that obstacle. Well writing and very entertaining.Published 9 months ago by jtcgolf