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Ben Crane |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (39) / 3/6/1976
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 165
College: University of Oregon

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Ben Crane arrived at the halfway point of the Barracuda Championship with 19 points, five off the 36-hole clubhouse co-leaders.
Crane arrived in Reno without a top 25 in 20 starts this season. He has zero top 20s in 28 tries since his win in Memphis 14 months ago. Yet, here he is contending again. He went 5-for-7 in scrambling with two bogeys today but wrangled five birdies to tally eight points. Three of his par breakers ranged 14-24 feet. Aug 7 - 4:39 PM

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Ben Crane ranks 180th in the FedExCup standings ahead of this week's Barracuda Championship at the Montrêuax Golf and Country Club.

Crane has made the FedExCup Playoffs every year except the inaugural in 2007. He's on pace to miss for a second time, entering the week with just eight paydays on 20 starts. His season best is T29 in the 34-man, no-cut Hyundai TOC. The 39-year-old has made two consecutive cuts just once this season, a T37 at the RBC Heritage followed a week later by a T56 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He's teed it up in the Barracuda on four prior occasions, cashing four times, with a best of T6 at the 2002 edition.
Aug 4 - 3:37 PM

Ben Crane heads to the Midwest in search of a spark at this week's John Deere Classic.

The Oregon Duck is just 7-for-17 in 2014-15 and is on pace for his first season sporting more cuts missed than made. His driving accuracy remains intact, currently ranked 38th, but his strokes gained:tee-to-green rank sits outside the top 175. This week will mark his eighth start at the JDC where he is just 3-for-7 thus far.
Jul 8 - 8:21 AM

Ben Crane opened his title defense of the FedEx St. Jude Classic in 4-under-par 32-34=66, good for outright possession of the clubhouse lead.

Crane arrived slotted 174th in the FedExCup standings. He's gone 23 consecutive starts without a top 25, a drought that started in his first start after winning in Memphis a year ago. He set the tone today with a par save from just outside 25 feet at the par-4 12th hole, his third of the round. Crane then picked off seven birdies, including five in a row beginning at the par-4 18th. He concluded that spurt with a six-yarder from just off the green at the par-3 fourth. While he'd closed with three bogeys and two pars, his score equals his season-low aggregate. And at last check, he was leading the field in strokes gained: putting at 3.391.
Jun 11 - 1:35 PM

Ben Crane revived his career with a victory at last year's FedEx St. Jude Classic and returns for a chance to defend this week.

The Nashville resident returns to his new home state for the first chance at a title defense since the 2012 McGladrey Classic. He went on to finish T27 in that event. The accuracy specialist has taken advantage of TPC Southwind's difficult fairways over the years, collecting four top 20s to go along with last year's victory. Course history buffs are licking their chops this week but many gamers notice Crane's lack of a top 25 in 2014-15.
Jun 10 - 9:26 AM

Ben Crane tossed up a bogey-free, 4-under-par 31-35=66 in today's opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial to sit two strokes adrift of the overnight quad-leaders.

Crane arrived in Fort Worth slotted 171st in the FedExCup standings. He's just 5-for-13 on the season with zero top 25s. So, if you were on board today, why? Congrats, nevertheless. He missed only one green in regulation and poured in four birdies, including tries from 12'8" at the par-3 13th hole and 21'11" at the par-4 17th. Crane parred all nine holes coming in. This is his lowest aggregate since a final-round 65 at the RBC Canadian Open nearly 10 months ago.
May 21 - 9:27 PM

Ben Crane plays the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial for a tenth time and enters the week ranked 171st in FedExCup points.

Crane didn't tee it up in last year's edition so it's unclear whether his alternating missed cut / top 10 / missed cut streak at Colonial CC will stay intact. One thing's for certain for the Westlake, Texas, resident, he needs a quasi home game to get his season off life support. The 39-year-old is 5-for-13 on his 2014-15 campaign with zero top 25s, his best finish being a T29 in the 34-man Hyundai TOC. Crane boasts four top 10s at the CPI (three as top fives) in nine starts, adding two missed cuts and a WD in his 2004 debut.
May 19 - 1:44 PM

Ben Crane posted a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in his opening round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, finishing three shots off the clubhouse lead.

At 171st in the FedExCup standings and still without a top 25 since his surprising win in Memphis 10½ months ago, Crane will happily take this one. Not only does today's aggregate match his lowest in any round covering his last 17 starts, but it's his lowest round in 17 trots around TPC Louisiana since the course debuted in 2005. He traded seven birdies with two bogeys today. His highlights measured 12'2" at the par-5 18th and 36'7" at the par-3 third.
Apr 23 - 2:26 PM

Ben Crane has feasted on Golf Club of Houston's Tournament Course over the years and returns for another look at this week's Shell Houston Open.

Crane could easily be considered a horse for the course, as he's collected top 30s in five of his seven starts at GC of Houston. If you look at the other side of the coin you'll notice he is just 2-for-8 on the season and his putter has yet to warm up. If there is a week to invest in Crane, this is that week, but his lack of form makes him easy to avoid in most weekly formats.
Apr 1 - 3:23 PM

Ben Crane turned in a 1-under-par 35-34=69 for his opening round of The Honda Classic, finishing one stroke off the early clubhouse lead.

Everything under par at PGA National today will be even better than the scores suggest since the field average will likely land at a couple of strokes over par. Crane piped 10 (of 14) fairways, hit 11 greens in regulation and traded four birdies with three bogeys. Three of his par breakers ranged outside 10 feet, the longest a gift from 33'10" at the par-3 fifth hole. Crane's short-term value was inflated this week because he's 5-for-5 on this track with a pair of top 15s, but those occurred in 2008 and 2009. Still, he has a knack for navigating the Champion Course.
Feb 26 - 12:14 PM

Ben Crane has made each of his seven cuts in The Honda Classic and returns for number eight this week at PGA National's Champion Course.

Crane's highlight was a third-place finish back in 2009. He has not cracked the top 60 in his last two attempts. At 185th in the FedExCup standings, he hasn't been lighting it up on the PGA TOUR in 2014-15. Since a T29 in the no-cut Hyundai Tournament of Champions, he has missed each of his subsequent three cuts.
Feb 24 - 9:44 PM

Ben Crane signed for a 1-over-par 39-35=74 after his opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

This marked Crane's first official action since he withdrew during the second round of the Open due to a hip injury three months ago. Today at Kapalua, he squared five bogeys, including a pair of three-putts, to erase four birdies. Crane converted birdies from 15'1", 14'4" and 38'2" on the sixth, 12th and 16th holes, respectively, so he's fortunate to sniff par. Toss on a bogey "save" from 11'10" at the par-4 17th and he may actually feel pretty good about the overall effort.
Jan 9 - 7:51 PM

Ben Crane is slated to compete in this week's Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

We haven't seen the winner of the St. Jude Classic since he withdrew 32 holes into the Open on Oct. 10 with a hip injury. Injuries have riddled his career, but he's always found a way to overcome and extend. The bad news most recently is that his victory at TPC Southwind seven months ago is his only top-20 payday in almost 12 months. In four trips to Kapalua, he's logged a personal-best T9 twice (2004, 2012), but he failed to crack the top 20 in his other two visits.
Jan 4 - 5:29 PM

Ben Crane withdrew from the Open during his second round due to a hip injury.

PGA TOUR Media alerted its followers of this news, but didn't specify which hip. Crane walked off are pulling his tee ball left of the fairway at the par-4 sixth hole. He was 4-over-par through 14 holes and 5-over for the tournament at the time. He's the first (and only) to withdraw during a tournament in the new season. It's his 14th WD in 309 career starts. Crane is fully exempt through 2015-16 via his victory at the FedEx St. Jude Classic this past summer. That will extend his status into his age-40 season.
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 02:56:00 PM

Ben Crane arrived at the halfway point of the Deutsche Bank Championship in 5-under-par 69-68=137 and sits three strokes adrift of the 36-hole lead.

Color us shocked. After consecutive withdrawals at Firestone and Valhalla due to a back injury and a missed cut at The Barclays, the DBC was sure to be the end of the line for the St. Jude champ. It still might be, but he's going out with a fight. Crane, who arrived at TPC Boston ranked 78th in the FedExCup standings, leads the field at the break with 24 fairways hit. He's totaled 25 greens in regulation and eight birdies. Today's set was highlighted by a 36'1" conversion at the par-4 13th hole. He also poured in a par save from 11'7" at the par-5 18th.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 07:14:00 PM