Ben Crane Five-Time PGA Champion
2014: Won the FedEx St. Jude Classic, taking home a $1,044,000 paycheck; T9th at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation
2013: Claimed his fourth top-10 finish in what was his ninth start at THE PLAYERS Championship in May. Opened and closed with 3-under 69s at TPC Sawgrass to T8 with six others.
2012: Finished the year with a 2nd place at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and 4 top-ten placements, earning $1,701,365.
2011: Champion of the McGladrey Classic, as well as 4 top-tens, earning $1,679,595.
2010: Farmers Insurance Open Champion, T24 at the Masters and T4 at THE PLAYERS. Ben closed out his year with a Win at CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, earning $2,841,000 this year and placing 35th in World Golf Rankings.
In 2009, Ben finished 51st on the PGA Tour money list, earning $1.66 million. He had 4 top-10 finishes this year, including a 3rd place finish at The Honda Classic.
In 2008, Ben had 4 top-10 finishes as well and earned $1.48 million. The two-time PGA TOUR winner was limited to 9 events in 2007 due to lower back problems. Ben won the Par-3 Contest in his first trip to the Masters Tournament where NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe of the Dallas Cowboys carried Ben’s bag. Bledsoe and Crane live two houses apart in Dallas and have become good friends.
Crane collected his second PGA Tour title in a wire-to-wire fashion at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. His earnings for the year were $2,457,329. That placed Crane 19th on the PGA Tour money list for 2005 and into THE TOUR Championship where he where he recorded his 6th top 10 finish of the year. He completed 2005 by being selected to participate in the Tommy Bahama Challenge. Reoccurring back problems sidelined Crane for the greater part of (2) months. Ben finished Tied for 2nd in the Booz Allen Classic. He posted another 2nd place finish at the Bell Canadian Open.
2004 was a year that saw Ben post five top-10s capped by recording his first career top-10 in a major championship with his tied for 9th at the PGA Championship as he continued to establish himself as one of the young stars on the PGA Tour. He topped the $1 million mark on the PGA Tour money list for his 2nd consecutive year.
In only his 40th career start, Ben captured the 2003 BellSouth Classic by carding rounds of 64-63 on the weekend to come from six strokes back of 54-hole leader Lee Janzen. His final-round, 9-under-par 63 was punctuated by an eagle-3 on the 72nd hole after a 357-yard drive, matching TPC at Sugarloaf course record held by Tiger Woods. His 1st victory on the PGA Tour netted a career-high paycheck of $720,000. He finished the year finished the year over the $1 million mark for the 1st time and 48th on the money list.
2002 was his first year on the PGA Tour and only one of several rookies that found success on the PGA Tour after posting wins during their Nationwide Tour career. He earned $518,400 six days before his wedding, which was enough to secure his card for 2003. His second career top-10 finish came at the Reno-Tahoe Open, T6, and six strokes behind champion Chris Riley.
Personal When Ben was age 5 when his grandfather taught him how to play golf. He enjoyed the time with his grandfather and often thinks about him while playing. He continued to move forward with his game when he joined the Portland Golf Club in Portland, Oregon his sophomore year in high school while he was a student at Beaverton High School. He spent 1 ½ years at Baylor University before transferring to The University of Oregon where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Sociology in 1999.
He began to think he could actually make a living playing golf when he won his 1st Nationwide Tour victory in the Gala River Classic in a three-man playoff which include Bo Van Pelt and Jason Caron. Ben says he would like to give excitement back to the game. He believes golf needs more personality.
4U is my most valued source of advice on all my business decisions. Heather and I could not be any happier with all the work 4U has done on our behalf. What we value the most is the great relationship we have.”............... 1/31/10 Ben's comments about Tommy: "I've never in my whole life been so excited as I was when I was in the meeting with my team last November. My caddie imitates my manager Tommy Limbaugh all the time now because he gets these ten fingers going at you, and he goes, (imitating high-pitched southern drawl) 'Ben, I am so excited right now. I am more excited than you are. I can't even tell you how excited I am!' Tommy has really influenced my golf career in a positive way"
Articles Of Interest
- Titleist Ad May 2007
- Real Crane in Business at Torrey Pines
- The PGA's Best Putters - Sports Illustrated
- Crane Wins Farmers Insurance...Golf.Com
- A Leap of Faith - Golf Digest Dec. 05
- Crane in Business at Torrey Pines
- The Golfer and The Slugger
- Ben Crane on Portland, OR 6/7/10
- Crane is Golf's Court Jester
- Lance Armstrong Dubs Crane as "The Putter"