What Rocco Mediate lost in 2008, a 30-something Iowa golfer won 53 years earlier: a playoff against a legend for the U.S. Open championship.
The University of Nebraska Press today posted on its blog a short excerpt from a book soon to be published that discusses Jack Fleck, the Iowan who beat Ben Hogan in a playoff at the 1955 U.S. Open.
The paperback, expected to be available June 1, is "Arnie, Seve, and a Fleck of Golf History: Heroes, Underdogs, Courses, and Championships," by Bill Fields, with a foreword by Ben Crenshaw.
The blog posting also includes a link to the New York Times obituary about Fleck, which has fascinating details about his U.S. Open win.
Fleck died Friday at age 92. He was born in Bettendorf, Iowa, according to the Times obituary, and was a golf pro in nearby Davenport.
The exerpt at the UN Press blog is from Chapter 22, "A Fleck of History."