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October 18-21 The McGladrey Classic Sea Island Resort


(Seaside Course) (Par 70/7,055 yards) St. Simons Island, Georgia


Ben Crane had some week: he won The McGladrey Classic and had a baby girl.


IT IS SAFE TO SAY that Ben Crane’s victory at The McGladrey Classic was unexpected for a variety of reasons. First, his wife was scheduled to have their third child Monday in Dallas. Ending a golf tournament the day before your wife is due to deliver is not usually regarded as a good move, no matter how understanding she might be. Just moments before he was supposed to tee off Thursday he thought about packing it in because of a sore hip. And if all that weren’t enough, as he stood on the seventh tee on Sunday, he was a whopping seven strokes out of the lead. It is safe to say he wasn’t thinking about his victory speech at that moment. But if there were any negative thoughts dancing through his mind, he eliminated them with a total of eight birdies for a 63, which got him into a playoff with the scorchingly hot Webb Simpson. Crane won on the second hole of their shootout when Simpson made a bogey. It wasn’t until he saw a leaderboard on No. 16, where he was coming off back-to-back birdies, that Crane realized he was in the thick


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“I’m in a little bit of shock—a lot of shock. I don’t know how those guys played, but I know I played just about as good as I can play.” – Ben Crane


of the battle. He responded with another pair of birdies on 16 and 17. “I thought, ‘Well, I need to make two birdies


in three holes.’ Do you guys have any idea how many times we say that to ourselves?” Crane said. “And how many times does it actually happen? “I’m in a little bit of shock—a lot of shock,” Crane added. “I don’t know how those guys played, but I know I played just about as good as I can play.” For a time, it looked as though rookie Michael


Thompson might pick up his first PGA TOUR victory. He took a one-stroke lead into the final round and quickly stretched it to three strokes. But he was done in by his tee shot on the home hole which found a hazard. He finished one


stroke out of the playoff. His playing partner, Billy Horschel, wound up shooting a 75 and was never really a factor. Simpson, who had won twice in 2011, shot a


final-round 66 to get into the playoff, the 18th of the season, a TOUR record. But it didn’t last long. After Crane made a par-saving five footer on No. 17, Simpson’s three-foot to tie spun out of the hole.


Check This Out


> Crane and his wife, Heather, were expecting their third child on Monday. Saylor Mackenzie was born on Monday night after Ben’s win.


> Ben Crane’s five-stroke, come-from-behind win was the second largest of the season, behind only Brandt Snedeker’s six-stroke comeback victory at The RBC Heritage.


> Ben Crane’s playoff victory, his first on the PGA TOUR, was the 18th on the PGA TOUR in 2011, the most in a single season in TOUR history. There were 16 playoffs in both 1988 and 1991.


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