#4 Peter Thomson won holes 1 and 3 with birdies against #1 seed Ben Hogan to go 2 UP! But Hogan won the 4th and 5th holes to quickly SQUARE the match! It remained ALL SQUARE at the turn but Hogan won the 11th and 12th holes with birdies to go 2 UP!
Hogan “splashed” his tee shot into the drink on the par 3 192 yard 13th hole for a double bogey 5 as Thomson takes the hole with par to cut Hogan’s lead to 1 UP with 5 to play! 14 and 15 were HALVED with pars and 16 was HALVED with birdies!
So we end up at the “island green” 17th hole and this time it’s Thomson who finds the drink off the tee on a par 3 hole! Hogan then barely clears the water and lands in the rough to the left of the greenside bunker. He gets down in 2 shots from there to win the hole with a par and win the match too, by a 2 & 1 advantage over #4 seed Peter Thomson in the Harry Vardon Bracket.
And Ben Hogan is the only #1 seed to advance to the “Elite 8!” He is awaiting the end result of the #3 Cary Middlecoff vs. #7 seed Dave Stockton Match. Middlecoff is 2 UP going to 16-Tee!