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Hogan walks away as U.S. Open champion

Updated: June 5, 2002, 3:34 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

June 11, 1950

Just 16 months after being involved in an auto accident that almost took his life and had doctors questioning whether he would walk again, Ben Hogan is on the threshold of winning the U.S. Open. It is only his seventh tournament since his brush with death.

He could have won yesterday at the Merion Golf Club, outside Philadelphia, needing only to play the final four holes in 1-over par. But wearied by having to play 36 holes in one day for the first time since ...

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