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    Consigned by the family of recipient named in newspaper article!

    1953 Ben Hogan Match Used & Signed Masters Tournament-Clinching Golf Ball.
    It was one of the greatest years ever recorded by an American athlete, and second only to Bobby Jones' Grand Slam season of 1930 in the long and illustrious history of professional golf. Just four years after a head-on collision with a Greyhound bus on a fog-shrouded Texas bridge had left Hogan near death and in danger of never walking--much less playing golf--ever again, the links legend swept all three Majors he entered in 1953. He might have won the British Open as well had he been granted the opportunity, but that tournament overlapped with the PGA Championship, making participation in both an impossibility.

    Presented is the most significant artifact to emerge from Hogan's glorious 1953 campaign, the "Titleist 6" ball that Hogan dropped into the cup on the seventy-second and final green at Augusta to smash the all-time Masters scoring record by five strokes at a fourteen-under 274. It would be Hogan's second and final Masters victory, and his seventh of nine Major wins.

    A sportswriter present at Bobby Jones' storied club became the beneficiary of Hogan's celebratory mood moments after he closed the show, and a yellowed newspaper clipping from Hogan's Fort Worth, Texas hometown newspaper the Star-Telegram tells the tale:

    "Augusta, Ga, April 13 -- A certain little girl who is now 2 years old will have something of immeasurable importance several years hence when she's of the junior high, or high school age. Her name is Donna Gene Gregson, and Ben Hogan Sunday afternoon in the clubhouse of the Augusta National Golf Course autographed the golf ball he used for the final round of a record-setting Masters triumph and presented it to the wee one's father."

    That proud father? Star-Telegram sportswriter Gene Gregston, author of the article.

    Nearly six and a half decades later, Hogan's black fountain pen signature is a bit faded, the ancient shellac yellowed by the passage of time, but the historic, dimpled orb has lost none of its status as one of the most exciting and important golf artifacts in private hands. It will be accompanied by the original newspaper clipping and a letter of provenance from our consignor, the Gregson family. Letter of provenance from consignor. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.


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