March 22, 2014 in Sports

Jack Fleck, winner of 1955 US Open, dies at 92

 

Jack Fleck, who produced one of golf’s greatest upsets by beating Ben Hogan in a playoff to win the 1955 U.S. Open, died Friday. He was 92. He had been the oldest living U.S. Open champion. Fleck (center in photo), who was seen hitting golf balls as recently as six weeks ago, died after a brief illness. He returned to The Olympic Club two years ago when the U.S. Open celebrated its champions at the San Francisco course. “I was fortunate to do the playing at that time and I’ve read a lot about it, that I out-Hoganed Hogan,” Fleck said in June 2012. “There was no time at all that I felt scared or under pressure coming down to the wire.” Fleck shot 69 in the playoff to beat Hogan by three shots. He also won two other events on the PGA Tour as well as the Senior PGA Championship in 1979. – AP


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