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Ben Crane

  • Birthplace: Portland, Ore.
  • Residence: Westlake, Texas
  • Age: 32
  • Turned Pro: 1999
  • College: Oregon
  • Eligibility Code: 11

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Player Notes

Was age 5 when his grandfather taught him how to play golf. Winner of the 1998 Pacific Coast Amateur. . .Was a three-time all-Pac-10 selection. Originally attended Baylor University, but did not play golf. Was the medalist at the 1995 U.S. Amateur. After turning pro he started Monday qualifying on the Buy.com tour and it paid off in 2000 when he won the Buy.com Tour's Wichita Open, becoming the 12th Monday qualifier to win a tournament with a three-stroke victory. His winning score of 25-under-par was at the time the second lowest score in Buy.com Tour history.

Career Victories

Nationwide Tour
2 - 2000 Buy.com Wichita Open, 2001 Gila River Classic At Wild Horse Pass Development

PGA Tour
2 - 2003 BellSouth Classic, 2005 U.S. Bank Championship In Milwaukee

Career Summary

2002 Notes
Earned a career-best $518,400 at the Verizon Byron Nelson Classic, six days before his wedding, enough to secure card for 2003.

2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; rounds played -89; in money -16; Top-10 finishes - 2; money - $921,076 (ranked 70th); best finish -2nd at the Verizon Byron Nelson Classic.

2002 Stats
scoring average - 71.16 / (94th); driving distance - 286.1 / (39th); driving accuracy -65.8% / (138th); GIR - 62.7% / (171st); putting - 1.715 / (4th); birdie average - 3.96 per rd / (22nd) / total birdies - 352; sand saves - 48.0% / (125th); all-around rank - 611 / (51st).

2003 Notes
One of seven first-time winners in 2003.

2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; rounds played - 92; in money - 19; Top-10 finishes - 3; money - $1,419,070; (ranked 48th); best finish - Won at the BellSouth Classic.

2003 Stats
scoring average - 70.89 / (75th); driving distance - 289.2 / (68th); driving accuracy - 60.6% / (165th); GIR - 64.1% / (122nd); putting - 1.750 / (36th); birdie average - 3.89 per rd / (33rd) / total birdies - 358; sand saves - 49.7% / (103rd); all-around rank - 751 / (100th).

2004 Notes
Finished in the top 75 on the money list for the third straight season.

2004 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; rounds played - 92; in money - 19; Top-10 finishes - 5; money - $1,036,958; (ranked 75th); best finish - T-5th at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

2004 Stats
scoring average - 71.01 / (82nd); driving distance - 283.8 / (125th); driving accuracy - 64.4% / (93rd); GIR - 64.2% / (115th); putting - 1.740 / (9th); birdie average - 3.73 per rd / (50th) / total birdies - 343; sand saves - 53.8% / (35th); all-around rank - 627 / (53rd).

2005 Notes
Missed February and March due to lingering back problems.

2005 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; rounds played - 74; in money - 125; Top-10 finishes - 6; money - $2,457,329; (ranked 19th); best finish - Win at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.

2005 Stats
scoring average - 69.70 / (9th); driving distance - 293.1 / (61st); driving accuracy - 56.6% / (182nd); GIR - 62.4% / (161st); putting - 1.715 / (3rd); birdie average - 3.78 per rd / (24th) / total birdies - 280; sand saves - 59.8% / (8th); all-around rank - 457 / (11th).

2006 Notes
Hampered in the early season by back problems.

2006 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; rounds played - 80; in money - 19; Top-10 finishes - 3; money - $1,489,093; (ranked 58th); best finish - T-2 at the Frys.Com Open.

2006 Stats
scoring average - 70.83 / (67th); driving distance - 285.8 / (127th); driving accuracy - 63.5% / (94th); GIR - 62.0% / (178th); putting - 1.736 / (7th); birdie average - 3.76 per rd / (27th) / total birdies - 301; sand saves - 45.6% / (141st); all-around rank - 725 / (83rd).

2007 Notes
Played in nine events due to lower back problems that have plagued him off and on during his career. Granted Major Medical Extension and has 18 events in 2008 to earn $506,928 (combined with 2007 earnings of $278,252, would equal 2007's No. 125 earnings of $785,180) and receive Major Medical Extension status for the remainder of the 2008 season.

2007 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 9; rounds played - 27; in money - 6; Top-10 Finishes - 0; money - $278,251 (ranked N/A); best finish - T17th at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

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