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].
European Tour: 2021 marks the 50th and last season of the world renowned European Tour, launched in April 1972 at the Spanish Open. From 2022 the Tour will be sponsored by Dubai-based global supply chain and ports operator DP World, and will be known as the DP World Tour.
South African Open: December 2021 events in South Africa have again been impacted by the Covid pandemic. The South African Open (Dec 2-5) will no longer be played as a DP World Tour event, and the Alfred Dunhill Championship (Dec 9-12) has been cancelled.
Bernhard Langer: at age 64, Langer collected a record sixth Charles Schwab Cup, the only player to have won the season-long points chase more than twice. He also topped the PGA Tour Champions money-list for the 11th time out of a possible 13 since 2008.
Carlota Ciganda: the five-time Solheim Cup star was delighted to record a fourth Ladies European Tour win in her home national championship, the Ladies Spanish Open.
Lee Elder: Trailblazer, Ryder Cup player, four-time PGA Tour winner and eight-time Senior PGA Tour winner, Lee Elder died on November 28, aged 87. In 1975 he became the first African American golfer to play in the Masters tournament, and in so doing provided one of the pivotal moments in the history of professional golf.
Golf World Top 100: Best Golf Courses in Europe. From France to Spain to the Netherlands and Norway, the Golf World Top 100 panel reveals the places you have to play (published 20 October 2021).
New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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