"Phil got one up on us all by carrying two drivers in his bag as he ran away with the Bell South Classic and the Masters," observed the Scot yesterday. "Drivers can now be made with a swing bias in them, to fade and draw the ball. Phil's done very well and he won't be the only person doing it from now on. Me? I've been in touch with Yonex already with a view to doing something similar.
"There are certain courses, like St Andrews, where straight is good and you don't need two drivers there. But when there's a lot of doglegs, for instance at Wentworth, on the 17th I would have to hook the ball, and on the 18th I would have to hit a fade, so why not let the club do that for you and not have to put two particular different swings on it?"
[Hogan] won the next three tournaments on [Riviera] and the third of them was the U.S. Open. It became “Hogan’s Alley,” a part of the most famous partnership in sports history. Ruth-Gehrig, Dempsey-Tunney, even Notre Dame-U.S. had nothing on Hogan-Riviera. Ben knew and loved every blade of grass on it and in later years used to describe them to me in detail. JIM MURRAY