Ben Hogan was born On This Date in 1912 in Texas. One of the greatest golfers of all time, he was one of only five men to win all four Major Championships (Career Grand Slam; the others are Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen).  His inspirational style: 

  • PATRIOTIC TEAMWORK:  WWII Vet!  Golf is largely a one-person sport.  But when the nation called, Hogan left the PGA Tour and became a member of the greatest military team the world has ever known, the U.S. Armed Forces!
  • FIERCELY COMPETITIVE TONE:  Few rivaled Hogan’s intense desire to win. “I play golf with friends sometimes, but there are never friendly games.
  • INCREDIBLE TENACITY:  Turned pro at age 18 but didn’t win his first tournament until 10 years later.  An horrific car crash in 1949 nearly killed him at the peak of his fame.  Ben suffered a broken pelvis, ankle, rib and collar bone. Americans love a great comeback story and Hogan provided one.  His determination, strength of character and perseverance during grueling rehab returned him to championship form, culminating with 3 Major wins in 1953.  After winning the British Open that year, America celebrated his return with a ticker tape parade in New York City’s Canyon of Heroes! 

– Rear Admiral Paul Becker, USN (Ret) is a motivational and national security keynote speaker.  He is a leadership professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, CEO of The Becker T3 Group and a golfer.  In 2016, The Naval Intelligence Community established “The Rear Admiral Becker ‘Teamwork, Tone, Tenacity’ Award for Leadership” in his honor.  To connect with Paul, visit his website:

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