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Hogan showed the best can achieve greatness after absence

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08:42 AM ET 03.27 | If Tiger Woods wins the Masters in his return to professional golf, he will have matched a feat seen just once before. To return from such a long layoff and win a major championship would prove that Woods actually can turn his game on and off at will. Both Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer said they could not imagine being away from the tour for so long and winning a major. But one golf great has done so before. Ben Hogan won the 1951 Masters after nine months away from competitive golf. Hogan's feat is all the more impressive for the serious injuries he overcame to continue winning golf tournament's after a near-fatal car accident in 1949. Hogan is famous for winning the 1950 U.S. Open in the year after the crash, but even that touranment came after a shorter layoff than the nine months he was away from professional golf preceding the 1951 Masters.

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May 20, 2012  10:56 PM ET

Tiger needs to train in Detroit.

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