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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 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

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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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
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.
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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 Frys.com 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 Frys.com 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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 4 - 5:29 PM

Ben Crane withdrew from the Frys.com 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

Ben Crane readies for his eighth appearance in the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston this week.

While he did tie for 10th in 2010, his other six tournaments haven't produced a top-60 finish and have included three missed cuts. Considering his last three starts on the PGA TOUR included two WDs and a missed cut, there is little reason to invest in his direction. Beginning the week 78th in the FedExCup standings, he must finish high enough to crack the top 70 in the standings if he is to advance to the third leg of the Playoffs.
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Wed, Aug 27, 2014 03:11:00 PM

Ben Crane returned to competition with a 1-over-par 33-39=72 in his opening round of The Barclays.

A meddlesome back injury thwarted opportunities for big weeks at Firestone and Valhalla. Still, he's 63rd in the FedExCup standings and poised to make a dent. Unfortunately, he merely tiptoed his way in. Crane landed 12 greens in regulation but got up and down just twice elsewhere for four bogeys. He rattled in three birdies going out, including conversions from 31'9" and 14'8" at Nos. 8 and 9, respectively. The 38-year-old signed his card sitting six strokes adrift of the clubhouse lead.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 05:15:00 PM

Ben Crane is expected to return to competition at next week's Barclays.

The last two weeks have been bothersome to the five-time PGA TOUR winner. He withdrew during both the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship with a back injury. So, tread cautiously at Ridgewood Country Club next week. "I'm hoping it's going to be a quick recovery and I'll be back in time for the playoffs, but I haven't really been testing it," he said. "It's feeling better, but I haven't started hitting balls yet." Crane is currently 60th in the FedExCup standings thanks primarily to his win in Memphis in June. Speaking of Tennessee, he's moved his family to Nashville. "It's a good place to raise kids. Obviously we can live anywhere we want. My wife and I were looking around, we liked Charlotte and Nashville, and we settled on Nashville." If he's not ready to give it a go at The Barclays, he'd remain inside the top 100 in FedExCup points and qualify for the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 06:29:00 PM

Ben Crane withdrew prior to his second round of the 96th PGA Championship, citing "back issues."

Well, he withdrew before his third round at last week's WGC-Bridgestone with a back injury, so if they are not related, it's quite a coincidence. Crane was scheduled to go off the 10th tee at 10:15 a.m. ET today. He opened with a 3-over-par 74 without a par breaker. With today's result, his win in Memphis remains the only top 30 in his last 18 starts. He entered this week slotted 56th in the FedExCup standings.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 09:46:00 AM

Ben Crane settled for a 3-over-par 36-38=74 in his opening round of the PGA Championship.

Crane withdrew before the third round in Akron last week with a back injury, so it was encouraging to see that he was able to give it a go in Louisville today. However, he hit only nine greens in regulation and failed to convert on any of those looks. He squared three bogeys, the latter two of which in the form of two-putts from inside 10 feet. He whiffed on four tries inside that range on the round.
Thu, Aug 7, 2014 08:20:00 PM