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Ben Crane

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (41) / 3/6/1976
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 165

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Ben Crane constructed a bogey-free, 5-under-par 35-31=66 during round one of the RBC Heritage, sharing a piece of fourth place on the live leaderboard.
The Oregon Duck product plodded his way around Harbour Town Golf Links, sprinkling in his share of highlights along the way. The first came the par-3 14th where he splashed home a 30'1" birdie bomb. He would add a 27'3" hole out from off the green at the 18th before making the turn. His last highlight came at his closing hole where he found himself in a forest off the tee before splitting the uprights to land his ball 25 feet from the hole, keeping his clean card intact. Crane already owns a T6 (2011) on his Heritage resume and he's off to another good start this week. Apr 13 - 5:17 PM

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Ben Crane takes his talents to Hilton Head ahead of this week's RBC Heritage, his 13th appearance at the event.

Crane enters the week 8-for-13 on the season. Despite the bushel of cuts made, Crane ranks just 150th in the FedExCup race as 11 of his 13 starts have gone for finishes outside the top 45. His accuracy off the tee remains his biggest weapon, ranking 20th on TOUR in fairways hit, but just 148th in GIR percentage. From a course perspective, Crane is 10-for-12 here with the highlight being a T6 in 2011. The Oregon Duck's current season and course history both suggest a cut made could be likely this week, but anything beyond that would be a bit of a surprise.
Apr 10 - 7:46 PM

Ben Crane caught fire with the flat stick en route to a 4-under-par 35-31=66 during round one of The Honda Classic, finding himself inside the top 5 on the AM leaderboard.

PGA National's Champion Course can be a real challenge, but it's much easier when you're making putts from everywhere. That's exactly what Crane did in round one. He opened on the back nine and dropped in five putts from outside nine feet. That was all before making the turn, converting two more putts from 9-to-11 feet on his way into the clubhouse. The big whopper was a 32'5" splash for birdie at the par-3 15th. Overall, Crane walked off the course gaining 5.107 strokes putting. The 40-year-old is no stranger to success around here, posting a T12 in 2008 and solo third in 2009. It's unlikely he can maintain this torrid putting pace but it's given him a nice head start on the field.
Feb 23 - 12:22 PM

Ben Crane returns to a favorable TPC Scottsdale layout ahead of this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The accuracy specialist has plodded his way to five top 25s at this event, in 11 previous starts. That includes a runner-up finish in 2012 and a T4 back in 2008. It is clear that Crane enjoys the course, but his recent form is not inspiring. He arrives on the heels of three straight missed cuts to open 2017. Given his history at this venue, gamers should give him a look in deeper fantasy formats but also realize the risk that comes along with that pick.
Jan 30 - 8:35 PM

Ben Crane settled for a 1-under-par 32-38=70 during the second round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, arriving at the midpoint on 8-under 134, good for T7 on the live leaderboard with play still in progress.

The fairways-and-greens specialist struggled out of the gate today. He opened on the back nine and failed to record a birdie while swallowing a trio of bogeys before making the turn. He found just four greens in regulation on the outward nine and two-putted for par on all of them. It was a tale of two-halves as he blitzed the front nine coming into the clubhouse, circling four birdies to get back to red numbers on the day. Through two days, Crane is 4-under on the par 3s but just even-par on the par 5s.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 01:07:00 PM

Returning from a back injury, Ben Crane cruised to a bogey-free, 7-under-par 32-32=64 during round one of the 10th OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

Crane lasted just one round at last week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open but he's just one back after one round this week. Always steady off the tee, he held true to that reputation by splitting 12 (of 14) fairways today. From there he landed 14 greens in regulation and went 4-for-4 scrambling to maintain a clean card. In his debut here last year he found himself T10 after posting a 4-under 67 in round one. He responded with a 5-over 76 on day two, missing the cut by three strokes. He'll need to keep his foot on the gas to avoid the same fate tomorrow.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 05:49:00 PM

Ben Crane called it quits after round one of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, citing a back injury as the culprit. He was 2-over-par 36-37=73 on the day.

Crane split 10 (of 14) fairways today but didn't have his best iron-play from the start. On the day he gave himself just five birdie looks from inside 20 feet, making it hard to keep pace with the low rounds at the top of the leaderboard. Crane arrived with a stellar record at the Shriners (when he finishes the week). Last year he disqualified himself at the midpoint when he self-reported a rules violation. Prior to that, he was 10-for-10 here with six top 25s. This goes in the books as his 15th career mid-tournament WD, so this is nothing new for the 40-year-old who was making his 359th career start, but gamers should certainly keep an eye on the injury situation moving forward.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 10:36:00 PM

Ben Crane arrives for The Barclays at Bethpage State Park off two consecutive missed cuts. UPDATE: At 4-over 72-74=146, Craned missed the cut by one shot and at No. 117 in the FedExCup standings, was eliminated from the Playoffs.

This is the 40-year-old's eighth appearance in the Playoffs after missing the inaugural edition in 2007 and again last year at 185th in the FedExCup standings. He's a five-time winner on TOUR, most recently at the 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic, and picked a good time to finish 114th in the FEC standings, renewing his card for next season. The Nashville, Tennessee, resident went 14-for-25 with six top 25s and one top 10, a T9 three starts ago at the RBC Canadian Open. He's 2-for-7 at The Barclays in the FEC era, with a T12 in 2010 (Ridgewood CC) his best finish. Crane missed the cut by one in the 2012 edition at Bethpage (72-72).
Wed, Aug 24, 2016 07:50:00 PM

Ben Crane signed for a 5-under-par 34-33=67 after today's final round of the RBC Canadian Open to finish off his fifth appearance on 9-under 279, up seven places to T8 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Crane finished in a four-way T9.

The 422nd-ranked player in the world arrived at No. 113 in the FedExCup standings with five top 25s in 23 starts but no top 10s. His season best was T24 three times, most recently at the Byron Nelson. At the time he signed his card, he was 62nd (of 80 players) for the week in SG: Off-the-Tee, but was in the top 20 in all other strokes gained categories, including 12th in SG: Around-the-Green and 12th in SG: Putting. The 40-year-old carded one eagle and 18 birdies against 11 bogeys.
Sun, Jul 24, 2016 05:06:00 PM

Ben Crane tacked on a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in today's second round of the RBC Canadian Open for a two-day tally of 5-under 139, up six places on the live leaderboard to T5, two back of 36-hole clubhouse leaders Dustin Johnson and Luke List.

The 40-year-old authored a stellar effort in windy conditions, erasing a pitch-in eagle-3 at the second with back-to-back bogeys at four and five, but then played his final 13 holes in blemish-free 2-under, birdieing two (of three) par 5s on the back nine. He had a chance to birdie all three, but missed from 14'4" on the par-5 18th. Crane mustered but six (of 14) fairways and hit 10 greens in regulation, posting a -0.254 in SG: Putting, but crafted positive numbers in all other strokes gained categories, including 3.359 in SG: Tee-to-Green.
Fri, Jul 22, 2016 06:52:00 PM

Ben Crane vaulted up the leaderboard in round one of the RBC Canadian Open with a 3-under-par 35-34=69 to kick-start the week.

Crane had a really wild ride around Glen Abbey Golf Club today, circling seven birdies but giving back four bogeys along the way. His weapon of choice was the flat stick as he walked off the course gaining 2.989 strokes putting. Crane entered the week ranked 112th in the FedExCup rank, square in the bubble zone that certainly puts some added pressure on him over the last month of the season. His history at Glen Abbey is short, with just a T48 last year on his course resume.
Thu, Jul 21, 2016 07:26:00 PM

Overnight leader Ben Crane stumbled to a 2-over-par 35-37=72 in the third round of the AT&T Byron Nelson to post 10-under 200, down 10 spots to T11, six in arrears to 54-hole leader Brooks Koepka.

This was Crane's fifth career 36-hole lead/co-lead in his 348th TOUR start and he's previously converted two into victories, including most recently at the 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic. His 12-under 36-hole aggregate (65-63), tied the 36-hole Nelson record and had him one ahead of four players, including Koepka and Jordan Spieth, which comprised the final grouping. The 40-year-old mustered a lone birdie at the par-5 seventh (from 29 inches) and squared bogeys on Nos. 3, 13 and 18.
Sat, May 21, 2016 06:53:00 PM

Ben Crane bombarded TPC Four Seasons Resort en route to a 7-under-par 31-32=63, taking sole possession of the 36-hole lead at 12-under 128. UPDATE: Crane's 12-under 128 aggregate equals the best 36-hole score at the AT&T Byron Nelson posted four times by three players, most recently by Tiger Woods in 1999.

Crane split nine (of 14) fairways and landed 14 greens in regulation. He also splashed in four putts from outside 10 feet, the longest being a 20'6" birdie bomb on the par-4 first hole. This was really a balanced effort in terms of tee-to-green versus putting performance. Crane's most notable tee-to-green highlight came at the par-4 third hole where he drained a 72'2" bunker shot for birdie. Through two rounds Crane is posting pedestrian fairway and green numbers, but his play on and around the green is really shining. He arrived with a 9-for-12 record at this event, but this will go in the books as his new low round at TPC Four Seasons Resort.
Fri, May 20, 2016 06:36:00 PM

Ben Crane torched TPC Four Seasons Resort with a bogey-free, 5-under-par 32-33=65 during the opening round of the AT&T Byron Nelson.

Crane split eight (of 14) fairways and landed just 10 greens in regulation, both on the wrong side of field average so far. However, he was a perfect 8-for-8 in getting up-and-down to save pars and remain blemish-free. Crane took advantage of the par 5s, circling birdies on both. The highlight on the green was a 26'8" birdie bomb on the par-4 ninth hole, his only putt made from outside 10 feet on the round. Crane is the first in the clubhouse to sign for 5-under or better.
Thu, May 19, 2016 03:51:00 PM

Ben Crane enters the week ranked 118th in the FedExCup race as he preps for this week's Shell Houston Open.

Crane has crushed this course in the past. Since 2008, he's 7-for-8 with five top 30s. He's familiar with Texas golf as he bought a lot at Vaquero Golf Club in Westlake back in 2003, providing him a nice practice facility, some four hours away. Despite the Tournament Course's reputation for suiting bombers, Crane has dissected the fairways here in route to success. He arrives on the heels of back-to-back early trunk slams, but this venue could be a nice spot to rebound.
Wed, Mar 30, 2016 08:34:00 AM