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Age / DOB:  (39) / 3/6/1976
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 165

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Past champ Ben Crane patched together a 1-under-par 36-35=71 in the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open to post 6-under 210, up five places on the leaderboard and into an eight-way logjam at ninth place.
Crane is a five-time winner on TOUR with the most recent coming at the 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic in wire-to-wire fashion. He also won here in 2010, the first year of the name switch from the Buick Invitational to the Farmers. The 39-year-old was 1-over thru 14 holes in round three, overshadowing birdies at Nos. 2, 6 and 9 with bogeys at 3, 5, 7 and 13, and then the miraculous happened. Playing from behind a tree (and in the rough) 198 yards from the target at the par-4 15th, Crane holed-out for eagle (video link below) in one of the most improbable shots in recent memory. He landed 12 greens in regulation for the third day in a row, but none more memorable than at the 15th. Jan 30 - 8:36 PM

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Ben Crane coasted to a 6-under-par 34-23=66 in the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Crane opened his week at La Quinta Country Club with a birdie at the par-4 10th hole. He breezed through the first nine holes at 4-under 32 before making the turn. He ran into trouble at the par-4 second where he three-jacked for bogey. Crane followed it up on the par-3 third by hitting his tee ball into the green side bunker and failed to earn a sandy chip. Next on the docket will be a showdown with Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course in round two.
Jan 21 - 7:57 PM

Ben Crane is fully exempt thru 2015-16 via his wire-to-wire win at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June, 2014.

Crane won the 2014 FESJC in spite of himself with progressively worse rounds of 63-65-69 and 3-over 73, good for a one-stroke victory. The 39-year-old has not had a top-10 finish on TOUR since, a span of 35 events. Moreover, he's logged only one top 25 during the stretch as well. The Oregon Duck is 2-for-5 to open 2015-16 with a T29 at the 77-man no-cut CIMB Classic his best.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 08:57:00 PM

Ben Crane fashioned a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in today's opening round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba and sits just two strokes off the pace of the foursome of clubhouse leaders.

Coming off a career-worst season, the 39-year-old entered 2015-16 as a cheap investment in salary games, so he may be winding up for a quick payoff. He hit only 12 greens in regulation at El Camaleón today but he countered two bogeys with six birdies, three on each nine. Crane opened the season with a pair of top-35 finishes in three starts. While that doesn't sound impressive, he hadn't authored a trend like that since finishing the 2013-14 season with a pair of top 30s.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 02:49:00 PM

Ben Crane alerted his followers on Saturday night why he was disqualified from the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open after his second round.

Crane reached the midpoint in 4-under-par 138 to make the cut. It was shortly after play was suspended for darkness on Friday that the DQ was announced. Here's what he stated on Twitter: "I drove my ball into the hazard [at the par-4 18th hole in the first round, according to the PGA TOUR's media department on Twitter] and when I went to look for it I accidentally touched a rock with my club. I abandoned the ball so I didn't think that there was a problem but just to make sure I checked with the rules staff after the round. They said that even though I abandoned it it was a penalty so I DQ'd myself. Ultimately, it had no bearing on my score or how I played the hole, but as Davis Love III wrote in the this week (on Acts 24:16): 'A clear conscience is more valuable than whatever is tempting you.'" Crane double-bogeyed the hole. That he played the second round anyway suggests that the media department reported the wrong round and potentially the wrong hole.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 06:44:00 PM

Ben Crane completed 36 holes of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in 4-under-par 71-67=138 to make the cut, but disqualified himself on Friday night.

The PGA TOUR's media page on Twitter explained the situation as follows: "@bencranegolf DQ'd @ShrinersOpen after self reporting violation of Rule 13-4 (Ball in hazard: Prohibited Actions) on #18 in R1." Crane's scorecard reflects a double bogey on the par-4 18th hole in his opening round. He pulled his first drive well left of the fairway. After taking a penalty, he split the fairway with his third stroke and eventually two-putted from just inside 19 feet for the 6. At the time of our update, Crane had not issued an explanation on Twitter. This is his third DQ in 332 starts and first since the 2008 Valero Texas Open. As a result of his elimination from the field at TPC Summerlin, the dozen golfers on the cut line have risen to T69.
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 10:48:00 PM

Ben Crane readies for the start of a new season at this week's Open.

The 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic winner missed out on the Playoffs, but his victory will hold him over in terms of TOUR status. The fairways and greens specialist broke his streak of seven straight seasons of reaching The Barclays. Crane could be in for a comeback season, but its wise to hold off until he shows signs of that revival.
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 07:49:00 PM

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.
Fri, Aug 7, 2015 04:39:00 PM

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.
Tue, Aug 4, 2015 03:37:00 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.
Wed, Jul 8, 2015 08:21:00 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.
Thu, Jun 11, 2015 01:35:00 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.
Wed, Jun 10, 2015 09:26:00 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.
Thu, May 21, 2015 09:27:00 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.
Tue, May 19, 2015 01:44:00 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.
Thu, Apr 23, 2015 02:26:00 PM