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Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (38) / 3/6/1976
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 165
College: University of Oregon

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Ben Crane will turn his attention to this week's Shell Houston Open.
Crane has flashed some game here in previous years. He has sat inside the top 10 after 36 holes on three occasions and found himself just one-stroke off the 54-hole leader last year. The course history combined with his 80% cuts made in 2014 makes Crane a solid play in all formats. Apr 2 - 11:13 AM

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Ben Crane submitted a 1-under-par 36-34=70 for his opening round of the Valspar Championship.

We've seen this movie before. This is the sixth time this season that he's painted a red number in the opening round, but he has just one top 40 to show for it. On four occasions, he faded to finish outside the top 60. The reasoning is simple. He ranks 174th in final-round scoring average at 74.29. Today he hit just 11 greens in regulation but offset two bogeys with three birdies, including a conversion from 26'3" at the par-4 16th hole. Crane also poured in a par save from 14'10" at 10. He signed his card sitting two strokes off the clubhouse lead.
Mar 13 - 3:18 PM

Ben Crane has been removed from the published field of this week's Puerto Rico Open.

Crane has never pegged it in Puerto Rico, so today's decision isn't alarming. While he's 7-for-8 this season, he sits 128th in FedExCup points since he's finished outside the top 60 five times. A T9 at the Humana is the lone highlight.
Mar 4 - 12:26 PM

Ben Crane carded a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the final round of the Humana Challenge to finish the tournament at 21-under 267.

Crane's round at Palmer Private at PGA West featured five birdies and a bogey, which was relatively modest considering the high number of players taking it deep. He did an excellent job of limiting his mistakes, swallowing just four bogeys to 25 birdies for the tournament. Considering he hasn't cracked a top 60 in 2013-14, his top-10 finish this week is a marked improvement in form.
Jan 19 - 6:23 PM

Ben Crane captured eight birdies in his third round of the Humana Challenge, putting his mark on a 7-under-par 34-31=65 and reaching the finale at 17-under 199.

Crane's third round at Palmer Private at PGA West followed an 8-under 64 at Nicklaus Private, and has him putting off some heat for the first time in a while. He hasn't found a top 10 on the PGA TOUR since a T8 at THE PLAYERS in 2013, and hasn't cracked a top 60 in 2013-14. His formula this week as been simple. Make plenty of birdies (20) and limit the bogeys (three).
Jan 18 - 6:49 PM

Ben Crane has made nine cuts in 10 tries in the Humana Challenge and returns this week.

Crane's form is a bit below what we are used to seeing the past 13 months, but still enjoys full status on the PGA TOUR. In three 2013-14 PGA TOUR starts, he has a pair of T62s and a missed cut. He's earned two top 10s and three top 25s in his previous trips to the various courses used in the rotation in and around PGA West, but his lone missed cut was last year.
Jan 14 - 10:00 PM

Ben Crane finished an uncharacteristically low 105th on the PGA TOUR money list and 125th in the FedExCup standings in 2013.

For salary cap gamers, this could mean that Crane's stock is ripe for the taking. Don't go too crazy just yet, as he made two of three cuts in the Fall Series but didn't crack the top 60 in either. The putter is a concern, dropping from 19th to 94th in strokes gained from 2012 to 2013. It's early, but he's 99th in that stat for 2013-14. That suggests he hasn't worked the kinks out just yet.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 01:42:00 PM

Ben Crane posted a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in his opening round of the Open.

We never know what we're going to get from the veteran, but he remains owner-worthy in all formats. Back in action since a back injury sidelined him during The Barclays, Crane rolled in three birdies against just one bogey at CordeValle today. In true abnormal fashion, all three of his notable conversions were par saves, measuring 14'3", 25'7" and 19'10" at the third, 13th and 16th holes, respectively.
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 10:27:00 PM

Ben Crane is listed in the published field of next week's Open.

We last saw the viral-video sensation at The Barclays. No sooner had his "Bubble Boy" video gained traction that he had to withdraw from the tournament after 22 holes with a back injury. He snuck into the FedExCup Playoffs at 125th in points, thus providing the motivation for the video, but he ranked 105th in earnings, so he knew that he'd be back on TOUR for 2013-14.
Sat, Oct 5, 2013 02:56:00 AM

Ben Crane withdrew during the second round of The Barclays due to a back injury.

That devolved quickly. He was the last man inside the top 10 after the first round concluded this morning, and then opened par-bogey-par-bogey on the back side of Liberty National. Crane walked off instead of attempting a par putt from 13'9" at the par-3 13th hole. He was 2-under through 22 complete. Seeded 125th entering the FedExCup Playoffs, his run is suddenly over.
Fri, Aug 23, 2013 01:54:00 PM

Ben Crane opened The Barclays with a 4-under-par 32-35=67, finishing three strokes off the 18-hole lead.

Crane snuck into the FedExCup Playoffs at No. 125, and he capitalized on his opportunity at Liberty National in a two-day first round. He split all but one of 14 fairways but hit just 11 greens in regulation. Crane limited the damage to a lone bogey at the par-4 16th hole, but had already gathered an eagle and three birdies, including a hole-out from the rough at 5. He also released his newest video this week. You can view it at the link below.
Fri, Aug 23, 2013 11:36:00 AM

Ben Crane was the last man to sneak into the field at The Barclays.

Crane ranks 125th in the FedExCup standings, but can at least claim some experience at Liberty National Golf Club. He tied for 41st in 2009. It’s going to take something a good bit better than that if he is to make his way into the second leg of the Playoffs.
Tue, Aug 20, 2013 09:33:00 PM

Ben Crane has been removed from the published field of this week's RBC Canadian Open.

Given he's 117th in FedExCup points, this suggests that he's dealing with an injury or personal matter preventing him from teeing it up at Glen Abbey. He missed the cut in his last start at the John Deere Classic. He's no stranger to midweek WDs, so stay tuned.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 02:34:00 PM

Ben Crane heads to TPC River Highlands for the Travelers Championship.

Crane has only played in this tournament twice over the years, pulling out after an opening 71 in 2009 and sharing 59th in 2011. His 2013 season started off a little shaky, but things have turned around of late. Included in his highlights are a T4 at the Shell Houston Open, a T8 at THE PLAYERS, and he enters off a respectable T18 at TPC Southwind two weeks ago.
Mon, Jun 17, 2013 09:20:00 PM

Ben Crane fired a 3-under-par 31-38=69 in the final round of THE PLAYERS and is the first to post 7-under 281.

Crane was hot early in his round, rattling off four consecutive birdies beginning with the second and running through the fifth hole. Easily the highlight of that run was a 61'11" bomb on the par-3 third. He then traded a birdie at nine for a bogey at 10, then repeated that feat with a birdie on 12 and a bogey at 15 before dropping a final shot of the day at the difficult par-4 18th. It was the putter that did the heavy lifting, picking up over three strokes on the field at the time he signed his card. He now heads to Texas for the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Sun, May 12, 2013 04:26:00 PM