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Barrow: Tiger Woods’ comeback is not the greatest in sports history. It’s not even the greatest in golf

Yet despite all of this, Hogan left the hospital 59 days after the accident and began working on his return to golf that November. And on Jan. 6, 1950, less than a year after that tragic night in Texas, Hogan competed in the L.A. Open, losing to Sam Snead in an 18-hole playoff. And later that same year, at the Merion Golf Club, Hogan won the U.S. Open, the toughest tournament in golf. The photo of his 1-iron approach shot on 18 is the most iconic in all of golf, not just because of the grace of his swing, or the teems of fans lining the fairway to his left, but because of the hell Hogan went through just to get to that moment.

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