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Personal information
Full name Benjamin McCully Crane
Born (1976-03-06) March 6, 1976 (age 47)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Nashville, Tennessee
Spouse Heather Crane
Children 3
Career
College Baylor University
University of Oregon
Turned professional 1999
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 8
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 5
Asian Tour 1
Web.com Tour 2
Best results in Major Championships
The Masters Tournament T17: 2012
U.S. Open T53: 2008
The Open Championship T11: 2006
PGA Championship T9: 2004

Benjamin McCully Crane (born March 6, 1976) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.

Early years and amateur career

Crane was born in Portland, Oregon. He was introduced to golf at age five by his grandfather. He grew up playing at the nearby Portland Golf Club, where Ben Hogan won the Portland Open in 1945.

Crane graduated from Beaverton High School in 1994 and attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, but did not play golf for the Bears. He transferred to the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon and played golf for the Ducks. He graduated in 1999 and turned professional that year.

Professional career

Travelers Championship 2014 (14473834491)
Crane in 2014

Crane won two events on the second tier Buy.com Tour, the first in 2000 and the second in 2001. In December 2001, Crane earned his PGA Tour card for 2002, and won for the first time on the PGA Tour at the BellSouth Classic the following year. His second win came in 2005 at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. Also in 2005 he finished second at the Booz Allen Classic and Bell Canadian Open, third at the 84 Lumber Classic, sixth at the B.C. Open and seventh at The Tour Championship, which placed him 19th in the season earnings with over $2.4 million. In February 2006, just before he turned thirty, he was the highest-ranked American golfer under that age in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Crane has said that he does not like to know with whom he will be paired, saying, "I looked up to a lot of these guys who I'm now playing with. So, I didn't want to have to go to sleep thinking about it." He is also considered one of the slowest players on the tour. On at least two occasions his extremely slow progress through a course has become a media issue, including one in which a fellow tour player Rory Sabbatini played out of turn.

Crane missed the majority of the 2007 season due to back problems, and played on the PGA Tour in 2008 on a major medical extension. He finished 64th on the money list to retain his card for 2009. In January 2010, Crane carded a final-round 70 to win the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines by a single stroke. In May he finished third at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, fourth at The Players Championship and seventh at the Byron Nelson Championship. In October, he won the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia, an event co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour (but unofficial money) and Asian Tour. With 12 top-25s in 24 events, he ended 23rd on the money list with over $2.8 million.

He picked up his fourth win on the PGA Tour in 2011 at the McGladrey Classic, defeating Webb Simpson in a playoff. Crane shot a final round 63 to make the playoff, having at one stage been eight strokes back of the leader. The round included eight birdies and one bogey in ten holes from the 8th to the 17th. Crane picked up his fifth victory on the PGA Tour in 2014 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. He would pick up the victory in wire to wire fashion, winning by a single stroke over Troy Merritt despite three bogeys and no birdies for his final round.

Personal life

Crane is married to Heather Crane; the couple has four children. Crane is a Christian. Crane currently is one of four golfers in the PGA Tour exclusive boy band, "Golf Boys" - with Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, and Hunter Mahan. The Golf Boys currently have a popular YouTube video for the song "Oh Oh Oh." Farmers Insurance will donate $1,000 for every 100,000 views of the video. The charitable proceeds will support both Farmers and Ben Crane charitable initiatives.

..... Crane denied making the remarks, stating that he was not even at Q-school, where the magazine claimed he was interviewed. "My wife and I have prayed for Tiger and Elin, and we want nothing but the best for them", Crane said. In January 2010 the magazine retracted its story, stating that the evidence indicated that the comments were made by someone impersonating Crane.

Amateur wins

this list may be incomplete

  • 1997 Pacific Northwest Amateur
  • 1998 Pacific Coast Amateur

Professional wins (8)

PGA Tour wins (5)

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Apr 6, 2003 BellSouth Classic 73-72-64-63=272 −16 4 strokes United States Bob Tway
2 Jul 24, 2005 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee 62-65-64-69=260 −20 4 strokes United States Scott Verplank
3 Jan 31, 2010 Farmers Insurance Open 65-71-69-70=275 −13 1 stroke Australia Marc Leishman, Australia Michael Sim,
United States Brandt Snedeker
4 Oct 16, 2011 McGladrey Classic 65-70-67-63=265 −15 Playoff United States Webb Simpson
5 Jun 8, 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic 63-65-69-73=270 −10 1 stroke United States Troy Merritt

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2011 McGladrey Classic United States Webb Simpson Won with par on second extra hole

Asian Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Oct 31, 2010 CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia1 67-64-66-69=266 −18 1 stroke England Brian Davis

1Co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour, but unofficial money event.

Buy.com Tour wins (2)

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 Jul 23, 2000 Buy.com Wichita Open 67-63-66-67=263 −25 3 strokes United States Kelly Grunewald, United States Vance Veazey
2 Oct 14, 2001 Buy.com Gila River Classic 63-66-64-68=261 −23 Playoff United States Jason Caron, United States Bo Van Pelt

Buy.com Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2001 Buy.com Gila River Classic United States Jason Caron, United States Bo Van Pelt Won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Caron eliminated by par on second hole

Results in major championships

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament CUT CUT
U.S. Open CUT 62 T53 CUT
The Open Championship CUT T11 CUT
PGA Championship T48 T9 T40 CUT CUT T43
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Masters Tournament T24 CUT T17 CUT
U.S. Open CUT CUT CUT
The Open Championship CUT CUT
PGA Championship T39 T37 WD

     Top 10      Did not play CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied

Summary

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 9 6
Totals 0 0 0 0 1 4 27 11
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 2 (four times)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

Results in The Players Championship

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
The Players Championship CUT T66 T36 T6 T5 T4 T45 CUT T8 CUT CUT T79

     Top 10      Did not play CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in World Golf Championships

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Match Play R32 R32 R16 R16 R64
Championship T37 WD T37 T51
Invitational T42 T58 16 T58 WD WD
Champions T30 T46

     Top 10      Did not play QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
WD = Withdrew
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

See also

  • 2001 PGA Tour Qualifying School graduates
  • List of golfers with most PGA Tour wins
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