Digging up the truth about Ben Hogan's famous 1-iron ... maybe

A plaque is seen on the 18th fairway honouring Ben Hogan's famous 1-iron shot in the 1950 U.S. Open...

A plaque is seen on the 18th fairway honouring Ben Hogan's famous 1-iron shot in the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images/AFP)

JON MCCARTHY, QMI Agency

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“It has a photoshoot at four o’clock,” said the USGA research department at Merion Golf Club Tuesday.

“What has a photoshoot at four o’clock?” I ask.

“Ben Hogan’s 1-iron.”

“Ben Hogan’s 1-iron has a photoshoot at four o’clock?”

“Yes.”

“Where?”

“I don’t know.”

This was about par for the course in my efforts to track down the story of the most famous golf club ever swung.

You know the club.

It’s the one Hogan is swinging in the most famous golf photo ever snapped.

Or so they say.


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