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Ben Crane |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (38) / 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 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. Aug 30 - 7:14 PM

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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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 27 - 3:11 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.
Aug 21 - 5:15 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.
Aug 13 - 6:29 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.
Aug 8 - 9:46 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.
Aug 7 - 8:20 PM

Ben Crane withdrew from the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational prior to his third round due to a back injury.

Crane was scheduled to go off the 10th tee at 7:30 a.m. ET. He completed 36 holes in 3-over 143 at Firestone Country Club. Currently listed in the published field for next week's PGA Championship, consider him a question mark in all formats.
Aug 2 - 11:07 AM

Ben Crane alerted his followers on Twitter that he's risen to first alternate for The Open Championship.

"I'm 1st alt @The_Open. Racing to PDX to hop a flight (hello, traffic) in hopes that I'll make field. Nothing ventured nothing gained, right?" When David Hearn replaced Mark Calcavecchia on Tuesday, Crane was fourth alternate. However, since the published field for the tournament doesn't include Daniel Summerhays, Seung-yul Noh and Fabrizio Zanotti, previously the first, second and third alternates, respectively, the assumption that all three have passed on the potential. It happens every year given the logistical challenges.
Jul 16 - 2:31 AM

Ben Crane has been removed from the published field of this week's Quicken Loans National.

He freefell 46 spots on the leaderboard at the Travelers Championship and into solo 74th thanks to a closing 79. That included an inward 43. Crane scored under par in each of the first three rounds. It's the kind of week that support the theorists that will chalk up his wire-to-wire win in Memphis as an anomaly.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 23 - 10:45 AM

Ben Crane posted a 3-over-par 37-36=73 in the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, but it was good enough for a one-stroke win over Troy Merritt.

Crane couldn't get to the clubhouse fast enough as he went his final 29 holes without a birdie or better on the scorecard to post 10-under 270. He is the first player to win a PGA TOUR event without a par breaker in the final round since Justin Leonard at TPC Southwind in 2005. After two bogeys on the front nine today, Crane stepped onto the 18th tee needing no worse than a bogey to emerge with the win. He used up all of his grace, missing the fairway and the green before managing a two-putt bogey from 12'4" for his fifth TOUR title and first since 2011. Except for a huge par save from 18-and-a-half feet at the par-4 13th hole, his putter didn't show up in the finale, but it was the key to his success this week. Crane ranked first in strokes gained at 2.196. After leading outright after each round, he's the second wire-to-wire winner this season (Patrick Reed, Humana Challenge). With this victory, Crane he is exempt into the WGC-Bridgestone and PGA Championship.
Jun 8 - 4:14 PM

Ben Crane battled for a 1-under-par 33-36=69 in the third round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic and totes a three-stroke lead at 13-under 197 into the finale.

After circling a pair of birdies from 18'10" and 29'4" on the par-4 first and seventh holes to begin to pull away, he would settle for 10 pars and one bogey on the rest of his tour of TPC Southwind to bring the chasing pack a little closer. His four-stroke lead at the end of his second round has ultimately been reduced to three. He hit just 10 GIR, his lowest tally of the week, and gained just over a stroke with the flat stick. Should he hold on for the wire-to-wire win, it would be his first since The McGladrey Classic in 2011. He has just one top 10 in 2013-14.
Jun 8 - 11:00 AM

Eighteen-hole leader Ben Crane chased his opening 63 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic with a 5-under-par 32-33=65 to post 12-under 128 at the midpoint, good for a comfortable 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Lift, clean and place for preferred lies is in play again for the second round. Unlike Thursday's impressive effort, Crane didn't go bogey-free today, walking off with a 5 at the par-4 18th for his only square on the card, but he drilled home six birdies prior to it. The set included rolls of 43'9", 22'3" and 14'1" at Nos. 1, 7 and 11, respectively. No one else complete through two rounds is lower than 3-under 137 and those closest in pursuit still on the course are five strokes back. Crane has already evoked thoughts of Brian Gay's five-shot romp at TPC Southwind in 2009. Gay closed at 18-under 262 that week. The tournament record is John Cook's 22-under 258 in 1996, but that was before the bentgrass greens were replaced with Bermuda and the course was renovated in 2004.
Jun 6 - 1:38 PM

Ben Crane spun a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-30=63 in his opening round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, good for sole possession of the clubhouse lead.

Well, this is out of nowhere. Crane is 150th in the FedExCup standings and hasn't cracked a top 30 since a share of ninth place at the Humana Challenge in mid-January. He had recorded only four red numbers in his last 21 rounds, but his record at TPC Southwind is solid as he's cashed in seven straight starts with four top 20s sprinkled in. Today he went 6-for-6 in scrambling and holed seven birdies, three of which from 14 feet or longer. The gem measured 27'2" at the par-4 ninth where he concluded his day. At the time, his strokes gained-putting clip sat at 3.576. Today's aggregate is his lowest since a career-tying-low 62 in the third round of the 2012 McGladrey Classic. It should be noted that the ball-in-hand provision for preferred lies was invoked for the opening round.
Jun 5 - 9:18 PM

Ben Crane boasts a strong record at TPC Southwind and will look to improve upon it at this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Crane ended a slide of four straight missed cuts recently when he posted a T37 finish at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. That is just in time for one of his favorite stops on TOUR. Crane is 7-for-8 at TPC Southwind with four top 20s to his name. It's hard to trust him with just one finish inside the top 30 this season, but his course history certainly helps.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 4 - 10:08 AM

Ben Crane enters the Wells Fargo Championship without a top-10 finish since the 2014 Humana Challenge.

Crane has been struggling, missing three of his nine cuts since a T9 at Humana and failing to crack the top 30 in any of those attempts. He will step on the first tee at Quail Hollow ranked 148th in the FedExCup standings. His luck in Charlotte, North Carolina isn't much better, failing to crack the top 20 in any of his five starts and missing two cuts.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 28 - 9:09 PM