Arguably the best ball striker of all time, Ben Hogan has become a legend. Even before his playing days ended in 1971 Hogan had become a folk hero for surviving a serious car accident and continuing to play. His 1-iron into the 18th green at Merion Golf Club is perhaps the most famous shot in golf and occured after the violent crash.
He spoke very little on the golf course and is reported to have said, "I play golf with friends sometimes, but there are never friendly games." 1964 U.S. Open winner Ken Venturi reported Hogan said, "There's three ways to beat somebody: you outwork them, you out-think them, and then you intimidate them."