Miracle at Merion

Miracle at Merionby David Barrett
I can’t believe I never owned a copy of this book before a few weeks ago when I received it as a gift. It has been on my reading list for a long time, but I just never had gotten around to buying it. With the recent U.S. Open at Merion and the book arriving on my doorstep it was clearly time for me to dive in. In 1949 Hogan was involved in a head on collision with a Greyhound bus that nearly killed him and left the world wondering if he would ever play golf again. It didn’t look likely and there were certainly a lot of doubters amongst the media and his fellow golf professionals. Beyond all hopes Hogan made an epic comeback and not only returned to the game, but came back in a firestorm that had helped him win more majors post-accident than he had before the fateful crash. David Barrett does a fantastic job of chronicling Hogan’s return to the game and his victory at the 1950 U.S. Open held at Merion Golf Club’s East Course. This is a great book about one of golf’s most revered characters and an inspiring story about the ultimate underdog fighting his way back to the top against the odds.