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Ben Hogan

A Page from the Diary of Paul Lazoran

Ben Hogan


One of my best memories of Ben Hogan was during the 1960 PGA Championship when I had the privilege of watching him hit balls on the range. He was the best ball striker that I had ever watched. Bobby Nichols idolized him growing up and agreed that he was the best ball striker that he had ever played with. My brother Mike Lazoran had the great joy of caddying for Ben that year for the practice rounds. In those days, the player would send the caddy out into the field and hit balls at the caddy at varying yards. During the practice, Ben hit 60-70 fairway wood shots at my brother Mike, leaving him to gather balls within a 20-foot circle. It is too bad that his putting had to leave him toward the end of his career. He truly was one of the best and I am very lucky to have had the opportunity to watch him.