Crane Gets Big Lift from BellSouth Victory

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa.- Ben Crane torched the TPC at Sugarloaf over the weekend to earn his first career victory on the PGA Tour at the BellSouth Classic. With the win, Crane improved 72 spots to No. 75 in the latest World Golf Rankings.
 
Crane matched the course record at Sugarloaf with a 9-under 63 on Sunday en route to a four-shot victory over Bob Tway. Crane became the PGA Tour's first first-time winner of 2003.
 
Tiger Woods kept his top-ranked position as he gets ready to compete for his third consecutive Masters title this week at Augusta. Woods was followed in the rankings by Ernie Els and Davis Love III, who held their places from last week.
 
Phil Mickelson came in fourth, followed by Retief Goosen, who finished in a tie for third at the BellSouth Classic. Goosen climbed two spaces to No. 5 while Vijay Singh stayed put in sixth and Davis Toms dropped two spots to No. 7.
 
Padraig Harrington held on to the eighth ranking, followed by Jim Furyk, who moved up one position to ninth. Mike Weir fell one spot to round out the top-10.
 
Sergio Garcia, Chris DiMarco, Justin Leonard, Nick Price and Scott Hoch all held their positions from last week. Robert Allenby moved up one to No. 16 while Rocco Mediate climbed one position to No. 17. Charles Howell dropped two places to No. 18 to accommodate the moves.
 
Colin Montgomerie jumped to 19th in an exchange of positions with Jerry Kelly to complete the top-20.
 
Tway, the runner-up at the BellSouth Classic, cracked the top-50 in the world at No. 47.