Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 6/12/13
The only 1-iron anyone talks about at Merion Golf Club is kept under wraps. And it won't be found in a bag at the U.S Open. Unlock the waterproof case, remove the soft covering, and it comes into view. Slip on the mandatory white gloves and savor the moment. It's the one Ben Hogan used in 1950 to hit one of the more enduring shots in Open history. Sixteen months after the car accident that nearly killed him, Hogan came to the 72nd hole of the 1950 U.S. Open needing a par to force a playoff. In one of golf's most memorable photos, Hogan is pictured, from behind, hitting a 1-iron from the 18th fairway to a green ringed by spectators. He hit such a good drive in the morning third round that he needed only a 6-iron. But with his legs battered and swollen on his 36th hole of the day, his tee shot couldn't catch the slope of the hill, leaving him about 213 yards to the hole. He was between a 4-wood and a 1-iron, and he went with the 1-iron for a shot that finished some 30 to 40 feet...
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