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Legendary golfer, Ben Hogan walks up the fairway during the 1966 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. (photo by Ron Riesterer)

FORT SMITH, Ark. -- Jack Fleck, who won the 1955 U.S. Open at San Francisco's Olympic Club in a playoff with Ben Hogan, has died. He was 92.

The Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith said Fleck died Friday after a brief illness. General Manager Jim Edwards said he had seen Fleck hitting golf balls as recently as six weeks ago.

Fleck's birdie on the 72nd hole forced an 18-hole playoff in the 1955 Open, which he won by three strokes. He also won two other PGA events and the Senior PGA Championship in 1979.

In a 2002 interview with The Associated Press, Fleck likened his win over Hogan to someone without a tour victory beating Tiger Woods. Services are Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Fort Smith.




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