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Ben Crane

United StatesUnited States

Start Position
24
Current Position
To Par: +3
Total Strokes: 71 - 72 - 66 - 74 : 283
T13   T37
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Updated: Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 04:13 PM
  • Birthplace: Portland, OR
  • Residence: Westlake, TX
  • Age: 35
  • Turned Pro: 1999

PGA TOUR Victories

(3) 2003,BellSouth Classic. 2005,U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. 2010,Farmers Insurance Open.

2010 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$1,355,276 (16)

2010 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

1-- Farmers Insurance Open. T9-- World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

PGA TOUR Best Round

64 at Round 4, Bob Hope Classic.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Made two birdie putts longer than 45 feet to build a big final-round lead, then struggled with two short misses on the back nine as he hung on to beat Michael Sim, Brandt Snedeker and Marc Leishman by one stroke at the Farmers Insurance Open. Finished at 13-under-par 275 for his third career victory and first in nearly five years. He made it a point not to look at a leaderboard throughout the final round, and didn't know the result until Ryuji Imada congratulated him on the 18th green. Starting the final round two shots behind Imada, shot a final-round 70 as he opened with three birdies in five holes, including one from just over 45 feet on No. 3. He expanded his lead to three shots with another 45-foot birdie putt on the 11th. With a one-stroke lead entering the par-5 finishing hole, made a par as Sim (in the same final-group pairing), Snedeker and Leishman failed to make birdies on the final hole...Finished T9 at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, losing 3 and 2 in the third round to eventual third-place finisher Camilo Villegas.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

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

2009 Season Highlights

Surpassed $1 million in earnings for the sixth time in seven years, finishing No. 61 in the FedExCup standings. Recorded four top-10 finishes...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 Highlights

2009: Surpassed $1 million in earnings for the sixth time in seven years, finishing No. 61 in the FedExCup standings. Recorded four top-10 finishes...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. 2008: Played the season on a Major Medical Exemption. Finished a season-best T4 at the FBR Open...Finished 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. 2007: Two-time PGA TOUR winner limited to nine events due to lower back problems that have plagued him 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."...Took part in the 2008 BMW Northwest Charity Skins Game with host Ryan Moore, Aaron Baddeley and Bubba Watson to help raise funds for local charities in Washington state.

Nationwide Tour Playoff Record

1-0