Originally Posted by cristphoto
Hogan had a bad attitude and was disrespectful toward other golfers. Back in his peak the PGA tour wasn't as organized and evolved as it is today. Hogan used to force tournaments to give him his own selected tee times. He didn't buy into the early/late system used today. I've seen quotes from him saying he only tees off at 10am. Arrogant. Plus I believe it was the 1960 Masters when he saw Arnold Palmer and said in a demeaning fashion "how did this guy qualify to play here?" Well Palmer had already won the 1958 Masters thus earning him exemptions into future Masters.
The Hogan comment was from the 1958 Masters. Palmer had just played in a practice round match with Hogan and Jackie Burke; Plamer played like crap and Hogan made the comment to Snead in the locker room. Arnie mentioned that comment really fired him up to play his best that week, and he won the tournament.
Hogan was his own guy--I don't think anyone would dispute that. He grew up in a different era: he was a young adult when the depression started, fought in a world war, taught himself to play golf while caddying for rich folks in Fort Worth. Hogan famously ran out of money and thought he and his wife would starve, then suddenly he starts winning tournaments. He worked harder than anyone to be good, and he certainly overcame more challenges.
I think it's good to look at the world through Hogan's glasses when evaluating his relationship with Palmer & Nicklaus. Arnie (apparently) was unaffected by the depression and WWII: his dad was a club pro in Pennsylvania, so Arnie spent the war years hanging out at the golf course. During Hogan's recovery period after his accident Palmer was dropping out of Wake Forest--an excellent college which Palmer attended on a golf scholarship. Nicklaus would have grown up with a silver spoon in his mouth by Hogan's standards: dad was a wealthy businessman, they had club memberships and Jack spent his time playing multiple sports. I'm sure Hogan had a resentment for country club kids who could afford to compete as amateurs, which was one of the big yardsticks of accomplishment in the golf world when Hogan was growing up. It's easy to see how Hogan might have thought himself superior to these guys, given that he'd done it all on his own while enduring so much hardship.
Now, that doesn't mean he had to be a dick about it. But, if you consider the generation gap between those who were adults during the depression and fought in WWII and those who came of age after the war, it's easier to understand Hogan's perspective.