Name:Benjamin McCully "Ben" Crane
Born:March 6, 1976 in Portland, Oregon.
Original/Home Club:Portland GC, Oregon.
Played as the FedEx St Jude Classic (June 5-8). Second-placed Troy Merritt (USA) finished 1 shot behind wire-to-wire winner Crane (USA), who claimed his first PGA Tour win since 2011. [TPC Southwind, Memphis, TN].
Played as the McGladrey Classic (Oct 13-16). Ben Crane (USA) beat Webb Simpson (USA) with a par at the second playoff hole. [Seaside course, Sea Island GC, GA].
Played as the inaugural CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia (Oct 28-31; Asian Tr event; US PGA Tour unofficial money event; first PGA Tour event in southeast Asia). Second-placed Brian Davis (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Ben Crane (USA), who recorded his first Asian Tour win. [The Mines Resort & GC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia].
Played as the Farmers Insurance Open (Jan 28-31; formerly the Buick Invitational). Second-placed Marc Leishman (Aus), Michael Sim (Aus) and Brandt Snedeker (USA) finished 1 shot behind Crane (USA). [South course, Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA; earlier rounds on North & South courses].
Played as the US Bank Championship in Milwaukee (July 21-24). Second-placed Scott Verplank (USA) finished 4 shots behind Ben Crane (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [Brown Deer Park GC, Brown Deer, nr Milwaukee, Wisc.].
Played as the BellSouth Classic (April 3-6). Second-placed Bob Tway (USA) finished 4 shots behind first-time PGA Tour winner Crane (USA), who shot a third round 64, and final round 63 that included a back-nine 29. [TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Georgia].
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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Céline Boutier: with many successes as both an amateur and professional golfer, Boutier added a major championship title to her impressive résumé at this year’s Evian Championship.
Alex Cejka: buffeted by rain and high winds, especially on the high-scoring final day, Čejka prevailed over Pádraig Harrington in a playoff at Royal Porthcawl, to scoop the Senior Open Championship title.
Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
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