Played February 3-6, 1949 at El Rio Golf and Country Club
Tuesday practice round highlights: Johnny Palmer shot a 63, Sam Snead a 64, Johnny Bulla a 65 and Cary Middlecoff shot 66.
70 pros played in a qualifying round at Randolph on Tuesday for 51 slots. 18 broke par, and the cutoff was 75.
There were so many entrants for the pro-am that it was played in two rounds, Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, Jimmy Ukauka, the pro at the Hilo, Hawaii Country Club, shot 62. He one-putted 15 greens. The pro-am best-ball event was won by Leland Gibson of Kansas City and amateur Billy Bell, Jr. of Tucson.
Lloyd Mangrum set a new 72-hole course record with a 17-under-par 163. He is the brother of Ray Mangrum who won the inaugural event in 1945.
First round leader: Lloyd Mangrum with 64.
Second round leaders: Lloyd Mangrum and National Amateur Champion Robert "Skee" Riegel at 130.
Third round leader: Lloyd Mangrum with a record 12-under-par 198.
On February 2, 1949, the day before the first round of the Tucson Open at El Rio, Ben Hogan was injured when a bus struck the car carrying Hogan and his wife head-on. He had decided to skip the Tucson Open that year, opting to drive from Phoenix to his home in Texas instead. Hogan's injuries were severe and he was not expected to ever walk again. He won the U.S. Open the following year (1950). He only played limited schedules thereafter. He never again played in the Tucson Open. Ironically, Lloyd Mangrum, the 1949 Tucson Open winner, was also injured in an auto accident in November of 1949.