T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.
Ben Crenshaw says 2015 Masters will be his last
Two-time Masters Champion Ben Crenshaw was a guest on Golf Channel's Live from the Masters on Saturday morning and confirmed to host Rich Lerner that the 2015 Masters will be his last as a competitor.
It will also be the 20th anniversary of his victory in 1995 at Augusta National.
"I made the decision that next year is my last year," Crenshaw said. "It is funny, on Amen Corner on the 13th hole on the first day, I hadn't told Carl yet, but I said, 'Carl, I've been thinking about this for a long time and next year would be a good year.' I'm very, very happy with it. I've thought about it for a long time. A lot of times I thought that I could have stepped down earlier. It is hard. Very hard. But I have been so fortunate. I have to look at the good things that have happened. I have to pull over and watch. I'm very resigned to being an encourager for everybody as much as I can."
The 62-year-old Crenshaw won his first Masters in 1984.
In all, Crenshaw -- who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002 -- has played in the Masters every year since 1972. Along with those two victories, he has racked up another nine top-10 finishes.
The last time Crenshaw made the cut at Augusta National was in 2007, when he finished in a tie for 55th.
Over the last several years, Crenshaw has been revered as a top course designer along with partner Bill Coore. In 2010, Crenshaw and Coore began restoring famed Pinehurst No. 2 in preparation for the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open, which will be played in consecutive weeks this June.
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