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9 minutes ago, EmperorPenguin said:

This is my favorite quote from Ben.  This interview was taken when Hogan equipment was one of the best.  Listen to what Ben said about staying on the "straight and narrow" at the end.

 

 

 

A lot of people these days criticize Hogan for being a gruff surly SOB.  But when you grew up like him and had to work your a** off to put food In Your belly and then become successful it’s a different perspective.  Those who “throw stones” are typically those who never had to fight for much. 

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On 10/10/2020 at 3:54 PM, Shade Ruff said:

This one was too good not to share:

 

"Tommy Bolt, who played with Hogan, was asked once if Jack Nicklaus might have been the greatest player ever.  Bolt replied:  "I've seen Nicklaus watch Hogan practice.  I've never seen Hogan watch Nicklaus practice."

 

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A simple explanation for that might be that Hogan was born in 1912 and Nicklaus in 1940.

When Nicklaus was coming up, Hogan was already in his late 40s, of course a 20 year old Nicklaus is going to watch Hogan.

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Although it was said that Hogan didn't speak or say a lot, what he did say was often pure gold! There are many great Hogan quotes and he was particularly adept at the concise put down.

A favourite was when Nick Faldo secured an audience with Mr Hogan at Shady Oaks. Tradition was that you showed respect by using "Mr Hogan" until approval was signalled by Hogan using your Christian name rather than "sonny".

Faldo's somewhat inflated ego by passed that courtesy and he sailed straight in with, "Ben, how do you win a US Open?". Mr Hogan replied, "You shoot the lowest score". Faldo persisted, "Aw, c'mon Ben, how do you win a US Open?". Hogan simply replied, "Sonny, I promise that if you shoot the lowest score, they will give you the trophy on Sunday". Audience over! 🙂

I agree with Emperor Penguin that to understand the man, you need to understand where he came from and how he achieved what he achieved. Nothing came easy to Hogan, he worked incredibly hard and through grit and determination overcame much that would stop lesser men in their tracks. I have nothing but respect and admiration for him. 

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