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PAR EXCELLENCE

A NEW FILM CUTS THROUGH THE MYSTIQUE SURROUNDING BEN HOGAN, THE ICON WHO MADE GOLF'S GREATEST COMEBACK

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HOGAN

June 17 and 18, 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel

When Tiger Woods won the Masters in April, it sealed one of the great comebacks in golf history. But it hardly compared to Ben Hogan's resurgence nearly 70 years ago, when he won six majors after his car collided head-on with a Greyhound bus—he broke his pelvis, collarbone, ankle and ribs and developed near-fatal blood clots.

That accident only added to the mystique surrounding Hogan, the subject of a two-part Golf Channel documentary. He has long been shrouded in ethereal mystery, but the film offers a revealing look at the legend, showing how he cultivated his iconic swing and parsing his complicated relationship with friendly rival Byron Nelson. "Ben Hogan is god," former pro Charles Coody says in the documentary. "He's the supreme being as far as golf is concerned." Among those interviewed is another iconic golf figure: the late SI writer Dan Jenkins, who knew Hogan well and covered the Texan's first Masters win in 1951.

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WRESTLE

Available now for digital download

Touching on complex issues of race and class, this searing documentary tells the story of four wrestlers at a struggling high school in Alabama.

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RUNNING TO THE EDGE

By Matthew Futterman, out now

The New York Times sports editor examines the eccentric path Bob Larsen took to become America's greatest running coach.

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CONCACAF GOLD CUP

June 15--July 7, Fox and FS1

While the U.S. women try to win a second straight World Cup, their male compatriots will play their first meaningful games under new coach Gregg Berhalter.