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Ben Crane

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (42) / 3/6/1976
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 165

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Starting the day in a share of 35th place, Ben Crane stepped on the gas to record a 6-under-par 35-31=66 during round two of the Valero Texas Open, good for a seat inside the top 5 on the live leaderboard at 6-under 138.
Crane kicked off on the back nine today and circled five birdies in his first eight holes. Highlights included a 13'7" splash at the 11th and a 24'5" birdie bomb at the 16th. A steady stream of scoring chances was key as five of his seven birdies came from inside six feet. After a birdie on his 10th hole of the day he sat at 6-under on the round and may have started to stare down the course record of 63. He traded a birdie and a bogey on his way into the clubhouse to settle for 66. This will be Crane's first time he positioned himself inside the top 10 after R2 since the 2017 St. Jude Classic, 10 months ago. Apr 20 - 1:47 PM

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Ben Crane steadied a 2-under-par 32-36=68 during the opening round of The Honda Classic, staking a spot inside the top 10 after Thursday.

The straight shooter split eight (of 14) fairways and landed just eight greens today. His short game came to the rescue as he gained 2.163 strokes around-the-green and also gained 1.999 strokes with the putter. The highlight came at the par-3 seventh hole where he holed out from the rough (20'4"). Crane entered with a 3-for-7 record this season with nothing better than T32. His resume at this event is much better (9-for-10 including a solo third in 2009).
Feb 22 - 6:31 PM

Prior to the start of the event, Ben Crane has withdrawn from this week's Farmers Insurance Open, giving Ricky Barnes a shot at Torrey Pines. UPDATE: Crane returned to action Feb. 8th at the AT&T Pebble Beach and is currently T39 thru 36 holes on 4-under 140 (68-72).

The 2010 champion was prepping for his 14th appearance at this event. This 11th-hour WD will snap a streak of 10 straight Farmers Insurance Opens played for Crane. There was no reason cited for this change of plans but Crane has battled with back and hip issues in the past, withdrawing mid-tournament on 15 previous occasions (this won't add to that total). With just two top 10s since the start of the 2014-15 season, gamers can safely avoid the 41-year-old until he flashes any sign of form.
Jan 25 - 10:39 AM

Ben Crane will look to take advantage of an early-season opportunity as he takes his talents to Kuala Lumpur for this week's CIMB Classic.

Crane failed to meet the terms of his 1-start minor medical last week, so now he'll be playing with conditional status, having finished 147th in the FedExCup race last season. Luckily, he's received a sponsor's invite into this week's no-cut event in Malaysia. Crane has made one previous trip to TPC Kuala Lumpur, finishing T29 in the 2016 edition of this event. The University of Oregon product should be very active in the fall, scraping and clawing for any starts he can find, because those will be tough to come by once the season kicks into full gear. Gamers shouldn't underestimate the five-time TOUR winner, but they should also be well aware that he's posted just two top 10s in his last 84 starts.
Mon, Oct 9, 2017 05:13:00 PM

Overnight tri-leader and past champ Ben Crane struggled to a 3-over-par 36-37=73 in the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, dropping nine spots into an eight-way T10 on 6-under 274, four short of champion Daniel Berger, who shot 66.

This was the Tennessee resident's third 54-hole lead/co-lead in 376 career events, first since the 2014 St. Jude, which he went on to win. He had also converted at the 2005 U.S. Bank in Milwaukee, so this is his first failure in that regard. Chasing his sixth TOUR title and first since here in 2014 (76 starts ago), the World No. 461 began T1 with Rafa Cabrera Bello and Stewart Cink. Playing out of the penultimate twosome, he mustered six (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, losing 0.554 strokes tee-to-green and 1.770 on-the-green. The 41-year-old outbalanced four birdies at 3, 11, 15 and 18, with seven bogeys at 4, 6, 10, 12-14 and 17, quite a letdown after entering R4 on a 32-hole bogey-free streak. This is a sixth top 25 and third top 10 in 12 appearances, and his third top 25 of the season in 19 starts and first top 10.
Sun, Jun 11, 2017 07:28:00 PM

Past champ and World No. 461 Ben Crane authored a bogey-free 2-under-par 34-34=68 in the third round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic for a three-day tally of 9-under 201, up four spots to share the 54-hole lead with Rafa Cabrera Bello and Stewart Cink.

The 2014 winner circled two birdies on 11 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, joining fellow Tennessee resident Scott Stallings (65) with the only blemish-free laps of the day. His last bogey came 32 holes ago, and gained 2.686 strokes on the field despite a -1.875 SG: Putting in R3. The Oregon alum did his damage tee-to-green, gaining 4.561 stokes, including 2.759 approaching-the-green. He circled the par-5 third from 22 inches, and the par-4 13th from 4'4", missing five scoring tries from inside of 11 feet, but did save par two times from between seven and 10 feet. This is Crane's 376th career start, third career 54-hole lead/co-lead and is 2-for-2 converting. Most recently, he was the wire-to-wire winner here in 2014, and was also a wire-to-wire winner at the 2005 U.S. Bank in Milwaukee.
Sat, Jun 10, 2017 06:29:00 PM

Past champ and World No. 461 Ben Crane styled a 5-under-par 32-33=65 in the second round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic to reach 7-under 133, up 11 spots on the live leaderboard to T3, two shy of 36-hole clubhouse leader Chez Reavie. UPDATE: With R2 play completed, Crane is in solo 5th, while J.B. Holmes and Adam Scott had the low rounds with 64s.

The 2014 winner and Reavie have the low rounds of the day thus far out of the morning wave. This is his 12th FESJC with five previous top 25s and two top 10s. The Nashville resident kicked off with a three-birdie one-bogey 68 on 11 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation. He found nine fairways in R2 and 11 GIR, gaining 1.456 strokes tee-to green and 3.125 on-the-green. The University of Oregon alum silenced a lone bogey-5 at five with six birdies at Nos. 1, 4, 6, 7, 13 and 16, two from between 12 and 21 feet, posting a tidy 1.455 putts per GIR. He also saved par three times from between six and 12 feet.
Fri, Jun 9, 2017 01:43:00 PM

Ben Crane and Ben Martin coasted to a 5-under-par 33-34=67 during round one of the Zurich Classic, claiming an early spot inside the top 5.

This duo missed just four fairways today at TPC Louisiana en route to a six-pack of birdies. The most notable came from downtown, a 56'8" birdie bomb at the par-4 fourth hole. It wasn't just birdie putts falling, they also saved par from 24'1" at the previous hole to keep their momentum rolling. While this team arrived without any top 10s on their Zurich resumes, Martin does hold the course record here, a 10-under 62 in which he fired in round one of the 2014 edition.
Thu, Apr 27, 2017 02:35:00 PM

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.
Thu, Apr 13, 2017 05:17:00 PM

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.
Mon, Apr 10, 2017 07:46:00 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.
Thu, Feb 23, 2017 12:22:00 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.
Mon, Jan 30, 2017 08:35:00 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