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Ben Crane

  • Birthplace: Portland, OR
  • Residence: Westlake, TX
  • Birth Date: March 6, 1976
  • height: 5-11
  • Turned Pro: 1999

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PGA TOUR Victories

(2) 2003,BellSouth Classic. 2005,U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$1,383,247 (42)

2009 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

3-- The Honda Classic. T5-- THE PLAYERS Championship. T6-- Buick Open. T7-- Buick Invitational.

PGA TOUR Best Round

63 at Round 1, The 50th Bob Hope Classic hosted by Arnold Palmer.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Finished T7 at the Buick Invitational, ranking second in both fairways hit (40 of 56) and Greens in Regulation (56 of 72) for the week...Two starts later, finished a season-best third at The Honda Classic, three strokes behind champion Y.E. Yang...Held the first-round lead at the PLAYERS Championship with a 7-under 65. Posted rounds of 73-72-72 to finish T5 at 6-under 282...Finished T6 at the Buick Open after weekend scores of 65-69, matching Tiger Woods and Brian Vranesh for the weekend low of 10-under.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- BellSouth Classic, U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.

2008 Season Highlights

Playing the season on a Major Medical Exemption, started the year with a T12 at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and a T4 at the FBR Open...Recorded his second top-10 of the season with a T6 at THE PLAYERS, falling six shots shy of champion Sergio Garcia...Posted a second consecutive top-10 finish, and third of the year, two weeks later at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial with a fifth-place showing. It marked the first time since the 2006 Booz Allen Classic that he posted four consecutive rounds in the 60s...At the Deutsche Bank Championship in September, fired a third-round, 8-under-par 63 to claim T10 honors, his fourth top-10 finish of the 2008 season.

Career Highlights

2007: Two-time PGA TOUR winner limited to nine events due to lower back problems that have plagued him off and on during his career. Granted Major Medical Extension and had 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 campaign...Posted four top-25s in nine starts with a best finish of T17 at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. 2006: Another consistent year on TOUR, making a career-high 20 cuts in 26 events entered and collecting more than $1 million for the fourth straight season. Hampered in the early season by back problems...Best finish was T2 at the Frys.com Open in his first start following a withdrawal due to more back issues at the World Golf Championships-American Express Championship three weeks earlier. 2005: Missed February and March due to lingering back problems...In eighth start in early June, finished T2 at the Booz Allen Classic for first top-10 of season, posting rounds of 68-67 on the weekend...Collected his second PGA TOUR title in wire-to-wire fashion at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. Recorded four rounds in the 60s, including a career-best opening round 8-under 62 to win by four strokes...Posted his second runner-up finish of the season with a T2 at the Bell Canadian Open. Final-round 4-under 66 left him one stroke back of winner Mark Calcavecchia...The next week posted a career-best fourth top-three finish of the season, third at the 84 LUMBER Classic. It was his fifth top-10 of the season...Earned an invitation to THE TOUR Championship for the first time in his career. Three back of the lead through 36 holes, but weekend rounds of 72-69 dropped him to T7, his sixth top-10...Qualified for the 2006 Masters, his first, with money list finish. 2004: Made his Mercedes Championships debut, finishing T9. One of three first-timers to finish in the top-10 (along with Darren Clarke and Adam Scott) at Kapalua...Carded five rounds in the 60s to finish T5 at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic...In defense of BellSouth Classic title, finished T6, six strokes behind winner Zach Johnson...Recorded first career top-10 in a major championship with his T9 at the PGA Championship. 2003: The first of seven first-time winners on the PGA TOUR, capturing the BellSouth Classic. In 40th career start, carded rounds of 64-63 on the weekend to come from six strokes back of 54-hole leader Lee Janzen to win. Final-round, 9-under-par 63 punctuated by an eagle-3 on the 72nd hole after a 357-yard drive, matching TPC at Sugarloaf course record held by Tiger Woods (1998) and later matched by Duffy Waldorf (1999). Opened 73-73 to make the cut by only one stroke. Earned a career-high paycheck of $720,000. 2002: One of several rookies that found success on the PGA TOUR after posting wins during Nationwide Tour career...After struggling early, finished second to Shigeki Maruyama at the Verizon Byron Nelson Classic. Closed with a 65, matching Tiger Woods' low round of the day. Earned $518,400 six days before his wedding and enough to secure card for 2003. 2001: Earned his first TOUR card with a T5 at the PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament...Won a three-man playoff which included Bo Van Pelt and Jason Caron at the Gila River Classic (Nationwide Tour) on the fourth extra hole. Shared first- and second-round leads with Van Pelt and held one-stroke advantage at the 54-hole mark. The victory and a T5 at the Nationwide Tour Championship moved him to 23rd on the final money list. 2000: Gained membership on Nationwide Tour with victory at the 2000 Wichita Open. Was the 12th Monday qualifier to win a Nationwide Tour title. Amateur: Won the 1998 Pacific Coast Amateur...Three-time All-Pac-10 selection at the University of Oregon...Originally attended Baylor University, but did not play golf.

Personal

Was age 5 when his grandfather taught him how to play golf...Doesn't like to know who he will be paired with, saying, "I looked up to a lot of these guys who I'm now playing with. So, I didn't want to have to go to sleep thinking about it. And so that's kind of been my routine. I never want to know who I'm playing with. Just tell me the time. In 2002, at the Byron Nelson I played with Ernie Els in the final round, it worked good, because I watched Ernie play a lot of golf on TV. So we just kind of kept that routine going. I just never look and find out on the first tee."

Nationwide Tour Playoff Record

1-0

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