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Falcon Players And Coaches Have The Grit To Win This Year.


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A good story on grit.

In 1948, finally and for the first time, Ben Hogan won the US Open as well as the PGA Championship. He was the number one money winner of the year and named the PGA Player of the Year.

Finally, he had arrived.

And in an instant, it was all taken away.

On February 2nd, 1949 Ben Hogan and his wife Valerie were in a head-on collision with a Greyhound bus. That night Ben Hogan’s career died. Or so doctors said.

Ben was told he would never walk again, let alone play competitive golf ever again. He had a severely fractured collarbone and ankle, a double-fractured pelvis, life threatening blood clots and a cracked rib. What the doctors couldn’t diagnose was Ben’s spirit, will and determination.

Against all medical probability and prediction, in less than a year after the doctors told him he’d never walk again, Hogan placed second in the 1950 Los Angeles Open tournament, losing to Sam Snead in a tightly fought playoff round. Six months after that, he clinched the U.S. Open title for the second time in his career.

In 1951, he won the U.S. Open—for the third time—and then the coveted Masters for the first time. In 1953, he won both again, adding the British Open and the Pan American Open titles to his record, as well.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest golfers of all time, Hogan won a total of 71 professional tournaments over his 21-year career. By refusing to allow the tragedy of his accident to define him, Hogan instead invested himself in chasing his dream. His rigorous and dedicated practice habits were no longer just about honing a skill. They became focused on reclaiming a part of himself. Despite the odds against him, Hogan never turned down an opportunity to study his game. He said,

“Every day you miss practicing will take you one day longer to get good.”

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