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Hogan vs. Snead at the L.A. Open

January 11, 2006

Golfer Ben Hogan, nicknamed "Bantam Ben" because of his small size (145 pounds) and called the "Hawk" by fellow players because of the way he studied a course, matched Sam Snead shot-for-shot on the last day of the Los Angeles Open. Hogan was making his miraculous comeback from a near-fatal automobile accident and was leading when he finished his final round at the Riviera Country Club, a course that became known as Hogan's Alley. Snead beat Hogan in a week-delayed 18-hole playoff, 72 to 76.

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