AKRON, Ohio – Ben Crane won the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June, his first victory in three years and the fifth of his PGA Tour career.
For all he knows, he might never win again. Or maybe this would be the start of more victories.
Winning on the PGA Tour is harder than ever, so Crane responded in a most appropriate way.
He threw himself a party.
"We were going to celebrate," he said. "We invited over 70 of our closest friends. We strung up lights. We brought in all these food trucks. We had great wine, beer. We had a DJ. We danced all night. The kids danced all night."
Crane and his wife, Heather, shared a short story about their lives, the work that goes into it and the rewards of the time and toil invested.
"You never know if you're going to be led out of this game," he said. "I think people sometimes have no idea that, yes, I'm a PGA Tour golfer, but we struggle. Life still hurts. You work your butt off and sometimes you don't get rewarded."
Crane thought about something he read in Hank Haney's book about Tiger Woods, how Woods won a tournament and his wife planned to celebrate. The message from Woods, according to the book, was that there was no need for a party because he's supposed to win.
"I'm not Tiger Woods," Crane said. "I'm not supposed to win. And when I do, we're going to go for it!"