Friday, May 25

VIDEO CLIP: ‘Follow the Sun: The Ben Hogan Story’

ITS COLONIAL WEEK ON THE PGA TOUR, so its only fitting to pay homage to Ben Hogan, a nine-time major winner who lived to dig golf balls out of the dirt. Hogan was a mythic figure who survived a head-on collision with a Greyhound bus on a foggy Texas highway and 16 months later limped through 72 holes and an 18-hole playoff against Lloyd Mangrum and George Fazio to win the 1950 U.S. Open.

Hollywood noticed the miracle comeback and public adulation, and made the first feature film about a golfer, starring Glenn Ford as Hogan and Anne Baxter as Hogans wife, Valerie. Hogan was a technical adviser on the film and drove everybody nearly mad said his longtime golf partner Jimmy Demaret. He had good reasonFord wasnt much of a golfer. Follow the Sun came out in 1951 and received mostly favorable reviews.

Enjoy the short clip, in which Valerie cheerfully says, Hit em far and straight, dear.

The real-life Hogan did that. Did he ever.

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