Professional golfer Ben Hogan held the title of PGA Player of the Year and won multiple golf competitions before a serious car crash nearly killed him.
On February 2, 1949, Hogan and his wife Valerie were driving home along the West Texas Highway when they collided head-on with a Greyhound bus. While Valerie sustained minor injuries, Hogan suffered serious injuries, including multiple pulmonary embolisms in his right lung. Sixteen weeks later, he was barely clinging to life.
After undergoing a risky vascular surgery, Hogan’s condition stabilized, and the golf pro was discharged on April 1st.
Less than a year and a half later, Hogan won the 1950 U.S. Open. In 1951, Hogan held on to his U.S. Open title and won his first Masters. In 1953, he won another Masters, a U.S. Open, and a British Open. He now sits third on the all-time win list of tour golfers, with 63 career victories.