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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Race Brook CC in 1942

Golfers Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson combined to win 14 major championships during their Hall-of-Fame careers. Hogan is one of just six golfers to win all four major championships.

Hogan and Nelson played one of the most famous exhibition matches of all time, teaming against amateurs Ken Venturi and Harvie Ward in 1956 at Cypress Point Club in Monterrey, Calif. Hogan birdied the 18th to halve the hole and help he and Nelson beat Venturi and Ward 1-up. The match is detailed in full in a book called “The Match” by Mark Frost.

On May 17, 1942, Hogan and Nelson were opponents in another exhibition match held at the Race Brook Country Club No. 1 course in Orange. Race Brook had 36 holes at the time. Nelson teamed with Charlie Clare of the host club while Hogan partnered up with Bobby Grant from Wethersfield.

Read Joe Morelli's complete story.

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