Jack Fleck, winner of 1955 U.S. Open, dies at 92

Jack Fleck walks off a green during the Par 3 Contest prior to the 2011 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.
Jack Fleck walks off a green during the Par 3 Contest prior to the 2011 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. ( Associated Press )

Friday, March 21, 2014

FORT SMITH, Ark. — Jack Fleck, who won the 1955 U.S. Open 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.