Funny bounces with Ben Crane


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – “Woodworking with Mr. Crane.”

That might make a nice title for Ben Crane’s next comedic video after his “funny” plays at the 17th and 18th holes Thursday at The Players Championship.

Crane made a pair of pretty good bogeys playing ricochet shots off the wooden planks that border the water on those holes.

At the 17th island hole, Crane was posing over a pitching wedge when his ball slammed off the back planking, rocketing 50 feet in the air. The ball cleared the water and landed in the grassy knoll behind the green. From back there, Crane hit a lob wedge.

“I hit the exact same spot on the wood, probably hit the same dimple mark,” Crane said. “And the ball jumps 30 feet in the air.”

His pitch bounded to the front of the green, where Crane two putted for bogey.

“It was an impressive way to play the hole, I know you guys probably don’t see it that way,” Crane cracked. “I don’t think anyone in the history of the tour has played the hole that way.”

Crane high-fived fans leaving the 17th.

At the 18th, Crane pushed his drive away from the lake lining the left side of the hole. He set up over a 5-iron for his approach.

“I thought I would hit it over toward the [wooden planks] again, I had such good luck at the previous hole doing that,” Crane said.

Screaming toward the water, Crane’s ball nailed the wooden plank and ricocheted back into play, bounding over the green. He made bogey from there.

Crane shot a 4-under-par 68.

“It was a crazy day,” he said.