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Ben Crenshaw

  • Birthplace: Austin, TX
  • Residence: Austin, TX; plays out of Austin GC
  • Birth Date: January 11, 1952
  • height: 5-9
  • Turned Pro: 1973

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PGA TOUR Victories

(19) 1973,San Antonio Texas Open. 1976,Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, Hawaiian Open, Ohio Kings Island Open. 1977,Colonial National Invitation. 1979,Phoenix Open, Walt Disney World National Team Championship. 1980,Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic. 1983,Byron Nelson Golf Classic. 1984,Masters Tournament. 1986,Buick Open, Vantage Championship. 1987,USF&G Classic. 1988,Doral-Ryder Open. 1990,Southwestern Bell Colonial. 1992,Centel Western Open. 1993,Nestle Invitational. 1994,Freeport-McMoRan Classic. 1995,Masters Tournament.

Other Victories

(6): 1972 NCAA Championship [indiv, tie]. 1976 Irish Open. 1981 Mexican Open. 1985 Shootout at Jeremy Ranch [with Miller Barber]. 1988 World Cup [indiv], World Cup [with Mark McCumber].

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

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2009 Champions Tour Best Finishes

T1-- *Wendy's Champions Skins Game. T3-- The ACE Group Classic. T4-- AT&T Champions Classic.

PGA TOUR Best Round

73 at Round 1, Masters Tournament.

Champions Tour Highlights

Was the leader at The ACE Group Classic early in the back nine before ending T3 at TPC Treviso Bay, two strokes back of Loren Roberts. Final-round 68 gave him his best Champions Tour finish since the 2008 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship (T3)...Was T4 at the AT&T Champions Classic, on the strength of a final-round 67 at Valencia CC.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- San Antonio Texas Open, Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, Hawaiian Open, Ohio Kings Island Open, Colonial National Invitation, Phoenix Open, Walt Disney World National Team Championship, Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic, Byron Nelson Golf Classic, Masters Tournament, Buick Open, Vantage Championship, USF&G Classic, Doral-Ryder Open, Southwestern Bell Colonial, Centel Western Open, Nestle Invitational, Freeport-McMoRan Classic, Masters Tournament.

Career Highlights

2008: In the hunt twice over 18 appearances and finished T3 in both events...For the second consecutive year turned in a nice effort at the Toshiba Classic at Newport Beach CC. Posted three straight rounds in the 60s to claim a T3 finish, matching his 2007 performance in southern California...During the fall season, made a spirited run at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship near Baltimore during the fall. His T3 finish proved to be his best effort in a major since finishing solo second at the 2007 U.S. Senior Open at Whistling Straits. Was the 36-hole leader in the event, a first for him on Tour since he co-led the 1995 Memorial Tournament (tied with Robert Gamez) on the PGA TOUR. Pulled within one stroke of D.A. Weibring down the stretch but missed a 4-foot birdie putt to tie at No. 17 and then bogeyed the final hole. 2007: Steady play allowed him to move up 26 spots on the money list from the previous season and earned him a berth at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Season earnings nearly matched the total of his previous four seasons combined...Carded a final-round 70 at Whistling Straits and eventually moved up the leaderboard into second place at the U.S. Senior Open, three strokes back of winner Brad Bryant. His performance in Wisconsin was his best on the Champions Tour and equaled his top effort in a USGA event (T2/1972 U.S. Amateur at Charlotte CC). His 2-under-par 70 Sunday was one of just five scores under par in the final round...Earlier in the season, was T3 at the Toshiba Classic in March...Played in his 36th consecutive Masters and, for the second consecutive year, made the cut in the prestigious event, the first time he appeared on the weekend at Augusta National in consecutive years since 1994-95. 2006: Finished inside the top 50 on the money list for the first time on the Champions Tour, registering a pair of top-10s...Equaled the best performance of his Champions Tour career at the time when he was T4 at the AT&T Championship. Made just two bogeys over final 36 holes and moved up the leaderboard at Oak Hills with a final-round 68...Had a T7 finish at the Turtle Bay Championship in Hawaii...Lowest rounds of the year came in his initial appearance when he shot 7-under 65 on Friday at the MasterCard Championship at Hualalai and then in late August in Seattle when he fired a 7-under 65 on Sunday at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge...Played in his 35th consecutive Masters and was the oldest player in the field to make the cut, his first made cut in that prestigious event since 1997. Eventually finished 47th at Augusta National...Also birdied his final three holes (Nos. 16-18) to make the cut at the Bank of America Colonial with an even-par 140 total. Became the oldest player since Tom Kite (2005 Booz Allen Classic, 55 years) to make a cut in a PGA TOUR event and eventually finished T71 in Fort Worth. 2005: Among the top 20 four times in 18 starts on the Champions Tour...Shot the lowest round of his Champions Tour career, a 6-under 64, in final round of the Blue Angels Classic. 2004: Topped the Champions Tour in Putts Per Round (28.15). 2003: Best effort came in Minnesota when he finished T4 at the 3M Championship...Held the lead late in the final round, but had a double-bogey and bogey on two of the final five holes to slip back...Followed his Minnesota performance two weeks later by placing T10 at the Allianz Championship in Iowa. Finish at Glen Oaks CC gave him back-to-back top 10s for the first time since 1995 campaign on the PGA TOUR (T5 at the Mercedes Championship and third at the Phoenix Open)...Named the Player Ambassador for the World Golf Hall of Fame midway through the season. 2002: Champions Tour debut came at The ACE Group Classic in Naples, a T43 with a 1-under 215 total at The Club at TwinEagles...Debut was delayed one week by illness...Went 281 holes without a three-putt at one point during the year and had only 15 three-putts in 61 rounds...Voted into the World Golf Hall of Fame via the PGA TOUR Ballot, and was inducted on Nov. 1.


Noted golf historian...Also renowned as a golf course designer, having formed a partnership with Bill Coore in 1986. Duo created noted courses like Sand Hills GC in Nebraska, The Plantation Course at Kapalua, site of the PGA TOUR's Mercedes-Benz Championship, and the newly-opened Bandon Trails GC on the Oregon Coast...Introduced to golf by his father and won his first tournament as a fourth-grader...Fought winning battle against Graves Disease (disease of the thyroid) in mid-1980s...1996 PGA National Golf Day Honorary Chairperson...His book, A Feel for the Game, reached No. 25 on the New York Times best-seller list in 2001...Appointed to President's Commission on White House Fellowships by President George W. Bush...Lists Bobby Jones as his hero and Pine Valley GC as his favorite course.

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