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Can a bogey golfer replicate Hogan's famous 1-iron shot at Merion?

Can a bogey golfer replicate Hogan's famous 1-iron shot at Merion?

It was the purest stroke I've ever seen." So said Cary Middlecoff of the 213-yard 1-iron that Ben Hogan struck on the par-4 72nd hole of the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion. It's considered Hogan's greatest shot, and not only because he found the green, made par, and won the next day in a playoff. The swing came after 35 grueling holes in the first major that Hogan had played since fracturing his pelvis, collarbone and ankle in a collision with a Greyhound bus 16 months earlier. What's more, the moment was immortalized by Sports Illustrated photographer Hy Peskin (above, left). WHAT WE DID We wanted to see if a typical Golf Magazine reader could duplicate Hogan's amazing shot from the same spot in Merion's 18th fairway, using a replica of Hogan's forged stainless steel MacGregor 1-iron and some mealy balata balls. New Jersey resident Bob Sartin, 32, (above) was up for the challen...

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