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Ben Crane

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (40) / 3/6/1976
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 165

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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. May 21 - 6:53 PM

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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.
May 20 - 6:36 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.
May 19 - 3:51 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.
Mar 30 - 8:34 AM

Ben Crane floored it in round one of the Northern Trust Open, signing for a bogey-free, 4-under-par 31-36=67.

Crane arrived in great form, posting top 25s in each of his past three events leading in. He kept his foot on the gas in round one, doing most of his work on and around the green. Despite hitting just nine greens in regulation, he escaped all trouble to sign for a blemish-free card. The highlight of the round came at the par-4 ninth where he holed out from 165 yards. From the rough, no less. Crane continues to play well and gamers should ride out the hot streak while they can.
Feb 18 - 7:42 PM

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

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