1946: Ben Hogan wins the Western Open with a record -17 under par
On May 26, 1946, Ben Hogan shot a final round 70 to win the 1946 Western Open with a tournament record score of 17-under par 271. Ben earned $2,000 for his victory, raising his tour leading season total to $20,060.50. This was Hogan’s sixth victory for the year.
In the first round, Ben shot a 68 to trail the leader, Jim Ferrer by four strokes. Tied for second, three strokes back were Ky Laffoon and Melvin (Chick) Harbert. Tied for fourth, along with Ben were Clayton Heafner, Jimmy Hines and Bob Hamilton. Byron Nelson, Jimmy Demaret and Sam Snead shot 69’s. Sam Snead amazingly disqualified himself as he played with 16 clubs, not knowing the USGA rules were in effect, allowing only 14.
In the second round, Ben shot a 66 to tie Ferrer for the lead, who shot a 70. Two shots back were Vic Ghezzi and Melvin (Chick) Harbert and Stewart (Skip) Alexander. Byron Nelson was three strokes back with a 137.
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