Crane shoots final-round 70 to win at Torrey Pines

By Associated PressFebruary 1, 2010, 1:37 am

SAN DIEGO (AP)—Ben Crane is back in the news for all the right reasons.

Crane’s quiet offseason took a strange turn in December when a gossipmagazine quoted him as saying that Tiger Woods was a “phony and fake,” eventhough Crane had never spoken to Life & Style and had not given any interviewsin months.

He handled that situation with the same even hand he displayed Sunday atTorrey Pines, where Crane overcame a two-shot deficit and hung on for a 2-under70 and a one-shot victory in the Farmers Insurance Open.

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“Obviously, being in the news a month ago was bizarre,” Crane said.“Someone made some stuff up that I said something about Tiger, which I didn’t.To be in the news again? Yeah, my name keeps popping up. It’s good to be (in thenews) on a good note.”

Then he smiled.

“And you can quote me on that.”

Even more bizarre was the way Crane made his way around the tough SouthCourse. He made two birdie putts longer than 45 feet to seize control, thenmissed two short par putts to keep alive the hopes of Michael Sim , BrandtSnedeker and Marc Leishman .

And the whole time, Crane wasn’t even keeping score.

He pledged not to look at a leaderboard all day, and when he rapped in a30-inch par putt, Crane didn’t even realize he had won until Ryuji Imada congratulated him.

“Did I win?” Crane asked.

With a reputation for slow play, perhaps it was only fitting that Crane wasthe last one to know.

Crane finished at 13-under 275 for his third career victory, ending an 0-98drought that stretches to Milwaukee in the summer of 2005. Even as he settled infor his news conference, he wasn’t sure of the perks—a return trip to theMasters in April and Kapalua next January. He likely will crack the top 60 inthe world, which should be enough to put him in the Match Play Championship.

Starting the final round two shots behind, he opened with three birdies infive holes, including one from just over 45 feet on No. 3. He expanded his leadto three shots with another 45-foot birdie putt on the 11th.

Then, it was a matter of hanging on.

“It’s really cool to know I’m going in the right direction,” Crane said.

He had plenty of challengers, although Phil Mickelson wasn’t one of them.Making his season debut, and only four shots behind, Mickelson bogeyed his firstthree holes and was never a factor. He closed with a 73 and finished 19th.

Robert Allenby made a charge only to fall back by losing five shots in fourholes.

Sim, the 25-year-old Australian who closed with a 71, kept with Crane theentire round and had his chances to the very end. Trailing by two, Sim wascertain he had made a 15-foot birdie on the 17th hole and stopped in uttersurprise when it ran over the right side of the cup. Crane then missed a parputt inside 3 feet to lose another shot off his lead.

Both laid up on the par-5 18th, and both put too much spin on their wedgesthat the shots rolled off the green—Crane’s against the collar, Sim’s a yardoff the front of the green, forcing him to chip. They settled for pars.

Sim had just under 250 yards to the hole, right on the edge of reaching thegreen with his 3-wood. Rather than risk his chance of winning on a fairway metalhe had to hit perfect. He thought he could make birdie with his wedge, andeverything went right except the spin.

“It was a perfect number, a perfect shot,” he said. “It would have beennice to have a putt at it.”

Snedeker closed with a 69 after narrowly missing a 12-foot birdie on thelast hole. Leishman had a 68.

Michael Allen celebrated his 51st birthday with five straight birdies for aSunday-best 65, moving him into a tie for fifth with Ernie Els (69), RickieFowler (70) and Alex Prugh (66), who earned a trip to Riviera next week for theNorthern Trust Open.

Allenby was the first to make a move at Crane, pulling within two shotsafter his two-putt birdie at the 13th. But for the second straight tournament,he was a victim of the new V-groove regulation. His ball jumped out of the roughon the 14th with a 7-iron, well over the green and into the hazard. In Honolulu,another flier went through the back of the green on the last hole and he madepar to lose by one.

“If you really look at it, it’s cost me two tournaments, definitely,”Allenby said. “I was in the groove and feeling ready to do it today, and it wassuch a shame that it happened.”

Mickelson was four shots behind when he teed off to a hometown cheer. Withinan hour, he was out of the tournament.

He pulled his bunker shot down a slope to the right of the first green,blocked by branches of a torrey pine from playing a flop shot. Using hisPing-Eye 2 wedge with square grooves that has caused so much consternation thisweek, he flew it onto the green and it raced some 30 feet by the cup, leading tobogey.

Two more bogeys followed, and that was that.

“I didn’t feel I played as bad as the score reflected,” Mickelson saidafter his 73. “I feel my game is coming around. I was really excited aboutplaying here. Maybe I was a little anxious. My timing was a little off thisweek.”

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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