Ben Hogan's 1953 season remains one of the most impressive in the game's history. That year, Hogan won five of the six tournaments he entered, including three majors -- the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open. He didn't have the chance to win the PGA Championship because, at the time, the dates overlapped those of the British Open.
Now, golf memorabilia collectors have the opportunity to obtain a very significant part of that historic season -- Hogan's set of MacGregor irons.
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Green Jacket Auctions has the irons up for auction and will take bids until April 12. According to www.GreenJacketAuctions.com:
This isn't just any Ben Hogan iron set that he may have used once or twice. These are Hogan's actual "working" set from 1953, when he not only won 3 Majors, but was fine tuning his idea for the perfect golf club. Hogan fulfilled his lifelong goal by forming the Ben Hogan Golf Company in late 1953. Once the Ben Hogan Golf Company was formed, Hogan, of course, never used MacGregor clubs again. Therefore, since all of Hogan's used MacGregor clubs date to 1953 and before, they are coveted by collectors.
Green Jacket Auctions also states that these irons are one of only three Hogan-used MacGregor iron sets known to exist and the only set privately owned. The other two sets are owned by the USGA Museum and Merion Golf Club, where Hogan won the 1950 U.S. Open with that famous 1-iron approach to the final green.
So where did these irons come from? Green Jacket Auctions says the set is being offered by former PGA Tour player Jimmy Powell -- a four-time winner on the Champions Tour. The irons have been Powell's, "most cherished possession for well over 35 years, and originally belonged to Hogan's best friend Dennis Lavender," according to the site.
At the time of this post, the current bid was $7,320 and had not yet met the reserve price.
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