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Jack Fleck, man who upset Ben Hogan in 1955 U.S. Open, dies

Jack Fleck

Jack Fleck

Player who 'Out-Hoganed Hogan' dies, 92

FORT SMITH, Ark. — Jack Fleck, who produced one of golf's greatest upsets by beating Ben Hogan in a playoff to win the 1955 U.S. Open, died Friday. He was 92.

He had been the oldest living U.S. Open champion.

Mr. Fleck died after a brief illness, the Edwards Funeral Home said. Jim Edwards, the general manager, said he saw Mr. Fleck hitting golf balls as recently as six weeks ago.

"I was fortunate to do the playing at that time and I've read a lot about it, that I out-Hoganed Hogan," Mr. Fleck said in June 2012 of his victory at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

"There was no time at all that I felt scared or under pressure coming down to the wire."

Hogan was on his way to a record fifth U.S. Open title in 1955, closing with 70 to finish at 7-over 287. He already was being congratulated by players who figured no one could catch him. But Mr. Fleck, an Iowa club pro in his first year on the PGA Tour, made two birdies over the final four holes for 67 to force a playoff. Mr. Fleck shot 69 in the playoff to beat Hogan by three shots.

"It was like someone who had never won a tour tournament beating Tiger Woods today," Mr. Fleck said in a 2002 interview.

Mr. Fleck won only two other events on tour.

Times wires

Jack Fleck, man who upset Ben Hogan in 1955 U.S. Open, dies 03/21/14 [Last modified: Friday, March 21, 2014 9:51pm]
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