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Miracle at Merion: The Inspiring Story of Ben Hogan's Amazing Comeback and Victory at the 1950 U.S. Open by [Barrett, David]
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When golfer Ben Hogan won the 1950 U.S. Open less than two years after nearly dying in a car crash, sportswriter Red Smith called the comeback “the most remarkable feat in the history of sports.” Sixty years later, though, the details of Hogan’s ordeal have dimmed, even for avid golf fans. Barrett’s well-researched recounting of the tournament and the events that led up to it brings the remarkable story back to vivid life. Nothing was easy for Hogan, who grew up poor in the shadow of his father’s suicide and struggled for years to perfect his golf swing. It all came together for him in the late 1940s, however, but his career seemed over after the accident. Determined to play again, despite permanent damage to his legs, Hogan put his game back together in time for the Open, tying for the lead on the final day, after a 36-hole endurance test, and winning the 18-hole playoff the next day. Barrett lacks the flair for narrative nonfiction that distinguishes Mark Frost’s similar accounts of great moments in golf history, but in this case, the facts speak for themselves. A must-read for anyone who cares about golf. --Bill Ott

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"With Miracle at Merion, David Barrett has brilliantly dissected the sequence of events that transformed Hogan from the game's hardest-working underdog into it's most mythic and enduring star, providing a beautiful narrative framework for better understanding the game's transcendent power. If I was buying just one golf book this year, this would be it. A bravura reconstruction that should be in every golf reader's library." ---- James Dodson, bestselling author of Ben Hogan: An American Life

"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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  • File Size: 2031 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (October 8, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 8, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ULMIR8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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