Numbers That Defined Ben Hogan’s Greatness

Ben Hogan, one of the greatest golfers of all time, left an indelible mark on the sport with his remarkable achievements. From his dominant performances at the Masters to his numerous records on the PGA TOUR, Hogan's legacy is unmatched.

At the Masters, Hogan achieved an astonishing 14 consecutive top-10 finishes from 1939 to 1956, surpassing all but five players in their entire careers. He outshined the competition with an average of 3.59 strokes better than the field per round, showcasing his exceptional skill. Hogan's scoring average of 2.52 Strokes Gained: Total per round remains the best in Masters history for players with 30 or more rounds.

His success extended to the U.S. Open, where he finished sixth or better for 12 straight years from 1940 to 1956. Hogan consistently outperformed his competitors, averaging a scoring advantage of 4.94 strokes per round, the highest margin during that time.

In the American stroke play majors (Masters and U.S. Open) from 1939 to 1960, Hogan's dominance was undeniable. He finished in the top five in 19 out of 34 appearances, averaging 3.71 Strokes Gained: Total per round. Hogan frequently outpaced the field, gaining at least five full strokes in nearly 30 percent of his rounds.

Hogan's success was not limited to major championships. He holds the record for the most wins in a season, with 13 victories in 1946, and repeated the feat with 10 wins in 1948. Hogan's career included remarkable achievements such as winning five or more consecutive TOUR events on two occasions, a record shared only with Tiger Woods. With 47 wins in his 30s, he holds the record for the most PGA TOUR victories in that age range. Hogan topped the season-long money list five times, a testament to his consistent excellence.

His association with Colonial Country Club and the Charles Schwab Challenge is legendary. Hogan's five victories at the tournament remain unmatched, and he is the last player to achieve back-to-back wins there, a remarkable accomplishment 70 years ago.

Beyond the numbers, Hogan's unwavering work ethic, groundbreaking golf theories, and triumphant comeback from a life-threatening car accident define his extraordinary legacy. He will forever be revered as one of the greatest golfers to grace the sport, and his remarkable statistics only further solidify his legendary status.