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Hogan's 1-iron all but extinct in major play

Updated: June 12, 2013, 6:31 PM ET
Associated Press

ARDMORE, Pa. -- The only 1-iron anyone talks about at Merion Golf Club is kept under wraps.

And it won't be found in a bag at the U.S Open.

Unlock the waterproof case, remove the soft covering, and it comes into view. Slip on the mandatory white gloves and savor the moment.

It's the one Ben Hogan used in 1950 to hit one of the more enduring shots in Open history.

Sixteen months after the car accident that nearly killed him, Hogan came to the 72nd hole of the 1950 U.S. ...

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