Sport: The Well-Considered Putt

Little Ben Hogan, the golfer of the year, squatted on the 18th green at Oakmont Country Club (Calif.) last week, studying a downhill five-foot putt. His opponents regard the process with some awe; Hogan habitually comments that a green is a "hard one to think"; he doesn't say that it is hard to play. He sank the five-footer.

The putt gave him an eight-under-par 64, a new course record, and $2,450 first place in the $15,000 Glendale Open. It had been a big day: Hogan had a dozen one-putt greens, and came from behind to...

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