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Golfing Great Ben Hogan Dies at 84 – NEW YORK — Ben Hogan



NEW YORK — Ben Hogan, known for his stone-face and white hat, a survivor of a crippling car crash, and a man who went on to become one of the greatest golfers ever, died today. He was 84.

The exact cause of Hogan’s death has yet to be determined. His secretary, Pat Martin, said that Hogan had colon cancer surgery two years ago and suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Ben Hogan died at his home in Fort Worth, Texas.

In 1967, people knew they were witnessing the last great round of golf, by possibly the greatest golfer ever, and as he shuffled along, passing thousands of fans at the third round of the 1967 Masters, the crowd broke into a thunderous ovation 100 yards from the flag.

More than his nine major championship victories, more than the 30 tournaments he won from 1946 to 1948, more than sweeping the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open in 1953, more than coming back from the a crippling car accident that nearly took his life, that particular Masters personified what made Hogan special.

Hogan, just short of his 55th birthday, considerably past his prime and 14 years since his last major championship shot a 66 in the third round of the Masters, finishing the back nine with a brilliant 30.

Ben Hogan at the 1951
World Championship

“I think I played the best nine holes of my life on those holes,” Hogan said years later. “I don’t think I came close to missing a shot.”

Despite the fact that he would never be challenged again in a tournament, Hogan was once again tempting perfection.

“Ben Hogan personified golf for many of us,” said PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem. “Perhaps no other player had the same impact on the way people approached playing the game.”

Hogan’s lifetime records alone argue well for his greatness — 63 victories, nine major championships, four U.S. Open titles, the career Grand Slam and the only person to win three professional Grand Slam events in a single season.

Hogan, at times, was considered a single-minded, surly man driven to master the game.

He had a difficult childhood, born in rural Dublin, Texas, on Aug. 13, 1912, and was 9 years old and in the room when his blacksmith father, Chester, committed suicide with a .45-caliber pistol.

After his father’s death, his mother, Clara, moved the family to Fort Worth where Hogan discovered golf as a caddie at Glen Garden Country Club at the age of 15. He lost the caddie championship in a playoff to another boy his age named Byron Nelson.

Hogan turned pro when he was 17 and joined the tour full time at the age of 19 in 1931 where he came close to bankruptcy several times until he won his first tournament at the Hershey Four-Ball in 1938, beginning one of the most dominating careers in golf.

Hogan’s mastery of the game took time. After years of fighting a severe right-to-left hook, Hogan finally decided to change his tactic with a controlled left-to-right game and started winning regularly at age 28. By the time Hogan reached 33, he had emerged as the greatest player in the world.

From the time of his discharge from the Army in August 1945 — just after his 33rd birthday — until the head-on car crash with a bus on Feb. 2, 1949, that almost killed him, Hogan won an astounding 37 tournaments, including two PGA Championships and a U.S. Open.

That achievement alone would have made him ninth on the all-time list.

Beginning with his breakthrough major at the 1946 PGA Championship and ending with his British Open triumph at Carnoustie in 1953, Hogan played in 16 major championships and won nine. He won six of the first nine majors he played after the accident.

Hogan never played in more than seven tournaments in a single season after the car wreck. His legs simply couldn’t take it. Yet he would win 13 more tournaments — including six major championships.

In the 1930s and ’40s spending hours on the practice range was unheard of. But a typical Hogan day would begin with breakfast, practice, lunch and then more practice.

“What has given him his edge over the field?” sportswriter Grantland Rice once wrote. “I’ve seen Hogan finish a hard morning round, grab a sandwich, and then go out for an hour’s practice before starting the afternoon round.”

Asked once if Nicklaus might have been the greatest player ever, Tommy Bolt, who played against Hogan, said: “I’ve seen Nicklaus watch Hogan practice. I’ve never seen Hogan watch Nicklaus practice.”

While Hogan was known for his solitary dedication to the game of golf, it was his selfless effort to save his wife, Valerie, when their car collided with the bus that saved both of them.

Hogan, then 36, would have died from the accident had he not thrown himself across Valerie’s lap. He was left with shattered legs and almost died a few weeks later when blood clots formed in his left leg.

But Hogan returned to competitive golf less than a year later, losing the 1950 Los Angeles Open in a playoff to Sam Snead. He never played without pain again.

“His heart was simply not big enough to carry his legs any longer,” Rice, playing himself, said about the L.A. Open playoff in the Hogan biographical film Follow the Sun, starring Glenn Ford.

Hogan took the U.S. Open a mere 16 months after the accident, finishing the grueling 36-hole final day at Merion with his legs, bandaged from ankle to thigh, throbbing in pain, and then winning a playoff with Lloyd Mangrum and George Fazio the next day.

Hogan’s final-round 67 in the 1951 U.S. Open at Oakland Hills in Birmingham, Mich., is regarded by many golf historians as one of the greatest rounds ever.

There was only one other sub-par round during the 72 holes of competition and the course played to an average score of 77.

“I’m glad I brought this course — this monster — to its knees,” Hogan said afterward.

By the mid-1950s Hogan had lost all confidence in his putting. Weakened by age — because of the accident he was an old 41 when he won the triple in 1953 — and with sight in his left eye diminished because of the wreck, Hogan never again had touch on the greens, costing him several more major championships.

He finished second in the Masters in ’54 and ’55 and was runner-up in the U.S. Open in ’55 and ’56.

Hogan’s last victory was the 1959 Colonial. In 1960, Hogan was tied for the lead in the U.S. Open until, gambling for the pin, he hit a ball that spun backward off the green and into the water on the next-to-last hole.

The tournament was won by Arnold Palmer with 20-year-old Nicklaus finishing second. Hogan had passed the title of Greatest in the Game to a new generation.

He never played on the Senior tour. It would have been too much of a step down for a man whose only standard for the game was greatness.

Hogan will be remembered for many things, the stoic stare, the deliberate concentration, cigarette to his lips, the perfect, repeating swing time after time, the silent shuffle from shot to shot were images that will remain forever in the mind of anyone who saw him play the game he tried to perfect.

Hogan will also be remembered for his ability to deliver a line that reflected his intensity, such as when the runner-up of the 1951 U.S. Open congratulated him on his win and he replied, “Thanks. Where did you finish?”

He is survived by his wife of 62 years.

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Jammu Kashmir Rajouri Terrorist attack 4 dead 6 injured minorities…




Rajouri terrorist attack: Two armed terrorists fired indiscriminately around 7:00 p.m. this Sunday in the Upper Dangri area of ​​Rajouri, Kashmir, killing four people. Six others were injured in the attack. According to eyewitnesses, both terrorists attacked 3 minority houses near the temple in the Upper Dangri area, 8 km from Rajouri.

Eyewitnesses say that the terrorists allegedly attacked three houses here after seeing the Aadhaar card. Those killed in the attack have been identified as Pritam Sharma, his son Ashish Kumar, Deepak Kumar and Sheetal Kumar.

2 wounded were airlifted

Of the 6 people injured in this terrorist attack, 2 have been airlifted to Jammu. Several political and social organizations have called a bandh on Monday in Rajouri to protest against the attack. On the other hand, the security forces have carried out an exhaustive search operation in the area since Sunday night to arrest the terrorists.

condemned political parties

Where the Bharatiya Janata Party has resolved to eliminate terrorism from the Union Territory. At the same time, Congress called the incident “very serious” and exposed the government’s claims to improve the security situation in the Union Territory.

Congressional goal of government

The Congress spokesman said: “Congress strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Rajouri. The incident is very serious and shocking. It exposes the government’s claims to improve the security situation in the Union Territory.” The spokesman further said that the government has failed to protect minorities, first in Kashmir and now in Jammu.

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Farmers can earn thousands of rupees by growing poplars




poplarsAgriculture is the economic backbone of the country. A large population is associated with this profession to carry out their daily lives. Wheat, corn, rice, oilseeds, legumes are the traditional crops. Farmers earn by planting them. Farmers also earn lakhs of rupees from horticultural crops. Experts say that in addition to traditional crops, farmers can earn thousands of rupees in profit. Today we are going to talk about such a crop. The cultivation of popular trees has increased in the country. People are demanding this not only in the country but in the world. The wood of this tree is sold at a high price in the market.

Popular needs that land

It is necessary to have a fertile soil for poplar plants. Planting trees in agriculture with organic elements improves agriculture. Poplar plants should not be planted in soil that is alkaline in nature. The pH value of the soil should be between 5.8 and 8.5. The temperature should be 18 to 20 degrees for planting. Popular trees grow well at a maximum temperature of 45 degrees and a minimum of 10 degrees. Tree development is best in a minimum temperature of 10 degrees and a maximum temperature of 45 degrees.

Plant a popular tree like this

Poplars have deep roots. Deep plowing is fine for this. Leaving water in the field after plowing. After getting out of the water, plow the field two or three times with a rotavator. After this, level the field with the machine. There must be a distance of 5 meters while preparing the line on the field. Transplant the plants in rows 5-6 meters apart into prepared 1-meter-deep holes. Popular trees are good from January to February. The period between February 15 and March 10 is best for transplanting poplars.

You can earn 10 lakh rupees on one hectare

Poplar saplings are not very expensive. But when it comes to selling, its price is very high. Experts say that the price of wood from popular trees is 700 to 800 rupees per quintal. 250 trees can be planted on one hectare. The average height of a tree is about 80 feet. One can earn up to Rs 8-10 lakh from a popular tree in 1 hectare. In the country, a large number of farmers from Bijnor of Uttar Pradesh are involved in the cultivation of folk. Popular countries and abroad can be shipped from here.

Disclaimer: Some of the information provided in the news is based on media reports. Brother farmers, before implementing any suggestion, consult the expert in question.

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The first match of the series of 3 T20 Match between India and Sri Lanka with…




IND vs SL 1st T20 Playing XI & Pitch Report: 3 series of T20 matches will be played between India and Sri Lanka. After this T20 series, an ODI series will be played between the two teams. However, the first match of the 3 T20 series will be played on Tuesday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The captain of the Indian team in this series will be the versatile Hardik Pandya. Earlier, the India team had to face defeat in the semi-final match of the T20 World Cup. Apart from this, Sri Lanka’s performance in this tournament was also disappointing.

Will Wankhede’s wicket be friendly?

The first T20 match of the series between India and Sri Lanka will be played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Speaking of the Wankhede wicket, it’s a great wicket to bat at. After landing on this pitch, the ball comes to bat fast. Because of this, he is easy to hit. Apart from this though, there is help for the bowlers at the Wankhede wicket. Especially, fast bowlers get help at the wicket from Wankhede. Apart from this, fast bowlers get swing and good movement.

Possible XI of Team India for the first match of T20-

Ishan Kishan (week), Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya (c), Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik

Sri Lanka’s possible XI for the first match of T20-

Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (week), Avishka Fernando, Charit Aslanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Mahesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara and Dilshan Madushanka

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