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].
Tournament of Champions: the PGA Tour’s calendar-year starts, as it has done since 1999, with this iconic event in Hawaii. The field is drawn from players who won a PGA Tour event in 2022, or were amongst the top 30 in last year’s FedEx Cup final standings (Jan 6-9).
Desert Swing: the European (DP World) Tour launches into 2023 with three events in its UAE “Desert Swing”. Up first is the Abu Dhabi Championship (Jan 19-22), followed by the Dubai Desert Classic (Jan 26-29) and the Ras Al Kaimah Championship (Feb 2-5).
Kathy Whitworth: the end of 2022 saw the passing of LPGA Tour legend Kathy Whitworth. Her 88 LPGA Tour victories is more than achieved by any other golfer on either the LPGA or PGA Tours. Amongst her victories were six major championship titles.
Barry Lane: the golfing world was also saddened by the passing of Barry Lane, one of the European Tour and European Senior Tours most popular players. Enjoying success on both Tours, Lane was know for his excellent ball-striking and amiable personality.
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.
Costa’s "Cruise & Golf" allows golfers and their families to combine a unique golfing experience with the relaxation and fun of a cruise on board Costa Smeralda. Golf enthusiasts are offered a choice from 23 top-quality golf clubs; their chosen courses are played during the ship’s port calls in Italy, France and Spain. While the golfers are driving the fairways, accompanying non-golfers are able to enjoy the amenities and activities on-board, or explore wonderful places on day excursions organised by Costa. Read more ...
You can subscribe to the Where2Golf channel on YT if you like to see more video content. You'll find a "Subscribe" button on any of our YouTube videos. Or if you want a quick and direct access subscribe here. Once done, any new published videos will show up in your Subscriptions feed.