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I feel as old as you... ( 50.25)

Chuck: You know the joke, right? If you find yourself on a golf course in the middle of a lightning storm, grab hold of a one iron, and it'll keep you safe, because not even God can hit a one iron. Now, this is the one that Hogan used on 18 at the Open in 1950 to get himself into the playoff. Sixteen months after the car accident that most said would end his career.

Charles Snr.: The Miracle at Merion. Hogan won that event. Put the accident behind him.

Chuck: That he did. As we have, Dad. Those perjury charges against you will not be filed. This club is a memento to recognize the impossible.

Charles Snr.: And you? Are you out of danger, too.

Chuck: That I am. Hogan did win again.And his swing looked the same. But no doubt something changed. He had to feel beat up, older, like the wins cost much more.

Charles Snr.: That how you feel? 

Chuck: I feel as old as you.

Charles Snr.: Yeah. I can see it in your eyes.

William Ben Hogan (August 13, 1912 – July 25, 1997) was an American professional golfer who is generally considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of the game. He was born within six months of Sam Snead and Byron Nelson, who were two other acknowledged golf greats of the 20th century. Hogan is notable for his profound influence on golf swing theory and his legendary ball-striking ability. His nine career professional major championships tie him with Gary Player for fourth all-time, trailing only Jack Nicklaus), Tiger Woods and Walter Hagen. He is one of only five golfers to have won all four major championships: the Masters Tournament, The Open (despite only playing once), the U.S. Open, and the PGA Championship. The other four are Nicklaus, Woods, Player, and Gene Sarazen.

The 1950 U.S. Open was the 50th U.S. Open, held June 8–11 at the East Course of Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, a suburb northwest of Philadelphia. In what became known as the "Miracle at Merion," 1948 champion Ben Hogan won the second of his four U.S. Open titles in an 18-hole playoff over 1946 champion Lloyd Mangrum and George Fazio, just 16 months after being severely injured in an automobile accident. It was the fourth of Hogan's nine major titles.