On This Date 5/11/1950
In what will become called the “Miracle at Merion,” Ben Hogan wins an 18-hole playoff over Lloyd Mangrum and George Fazio. Hogan had won the 1948 U.S. Open but suffered a near-fatal accident on February 2, 1949. Doctors thought Ben Hogan would never walk again, let alone play golf after the accident. Ben Hogan would go on to win the PGA Player of the Year award in 1950.