Sport: The Comer

Two days before the Western Open, Ben Hogan played a practice round at Buffalo's Brookfield Country Club. After measuring the power of the opposition, and his own fatigue after 18 tournaments in 1948, he said gloomily, "This one I don't expect to win."

But little Ben, 137 pounds of spring steel, didn't know his own strength. He slashed through three rounds for a neat 207—nine under par and three ahead of the field. In second place was good-natured Ed ("Porky") Oliver, of Seattle, who is heavy on the hoof but steady on the fairway....

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