Name:Ben Daniel Crenshaw
Born:Jan 11, 1952 in Austin, Texas.
Original/Home Club:Austin, Texas
Occupation:Professional golfer; golf course designer
MAJORS (2): Masters Tournament (1984, '95). Ryder Cup player (1981, '83, '87, '95); Ryder Cup captain (1999). Total professional wins (30), including PGA Tour (19). Other wins included the 1976 Irish Open. World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2002). Old Tom Morris Award (1997, GCSAA).
In 1986, midway through his PGA Tour playing career, Ben Crenshaw teamed up with Bill Coore (who initially worked for Pete Dye & Assocs) to form one of the best known golf course design teams of the modern era. The most renowned Coore-Crenshaw designs include (but are not limited to):
UNITED STATES & CANADA: Austin GC, TX (2001) / Bandon Dunes, OR (2005, Trails course) / Barton Creek, TX (2006, Coore-Crenshaw Cliffside course) / Big Cedar, MO (2019, Ozarks Natl course) / Cabot Cliffs, Nova Scotia (2015) / Colorado GC, CO (2007) / Cuscowilla, GA (1997) / Dormie Club, NC (2010) / Friar's Head, NY (2003) / Hidden Creek, NJ (2002) / Kapalua, HI (1991, Plantation course) / Old Sandwich, MA (2004) / Old Town Club, NC (2013, modifications) / Pinehurst, NC (2010, No.2 course modifications) / Sand Hills, NE (1994) / Sand Valley, WI (2017, Sand Valley course) / Streamsong, FL (2012, Red course) / Talking Stick, AZ (1998, North & South courses) / Trinity Forest, TX (2017) / Warren GC-Notre Dame, IN (1999) / We-Ko-Pa, AZ (2006, Saguaro course).
BEYOND NORTH AMERICA: Barnbougle, Tasmania (2010, Lost farm course) / Shanqin Bay, China (2012) / Yokohama CC, Jpn (2016, renovation).
After attending the University of Texas, Crenshaw turned professional in 1973 and became the second player in PGA Tour history to win his very first event on the Tour. Among his total of 19 PGA Tour wins, he twice won The Masters tournament. Aged 43 he recorded his second Masters in 1995, which came just a week after the death of his lifelong mentor Harvey Penick. Crenshaw started playing on the Champions Tour in 2002.
Played as Wendy's Champions Skins Game (Jan 17/18; unofficial Champions Tr money event; four 2-man teams; alternate shot format). Fuzzy Zoeller & Ben Crenshaw won with a total of 13 skins worth a record $530,000. Second was Greg Norman (Aus) & Jay Haas 4 skins worth $190,000. Third was Gary Player (RSA) & Bernhard Langer (Ger) 1 skin worth $50,000. Jack Nicklaus & Tom Watson were shutout with no skins. (All players from USA unless indicated otherwise). [Royal Ka'anapali GC, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii].
The Masters Tournament (59th) (April 6-9). Second-placed Davis Love III (USA) finished 1 shot behind Crenshaw (USA), who recorded his second major championship win (both in The Masters), and last of his 19 PGA Tour wins. In an emotional green jacket ceremony Crenshaw dedicated his second Masters title to his coach and mentor, Harvey Penick, who died the week before. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
Played as the MasterCard PGA Grand Slam of Golf (Nov 7/8; unofficial event for the season's four Major winners). Second-placed Corey Pavin (US Open) and Steve Elkington (US PGA) finished on 141, 1 shot behind Crenshaw (The Masters). Fourth with 146 was John Daly (The Open). [Poipu Bay GC, Koloa, Kauai, Hawaiian Islands].
Played as the Freeport-McMoRan Classic (Mar 31-Apr 3). Second-placed José María Olazábal (Esp) finished 3 shots behind Ben Crenshaw (USA). [English Turn G&CC, New Orleans, LA].
Played as The Nestle Invitational (March 18-21). Second-placed David Love III (USA), Rocco Mediate (USA) and Vijay Singh (Fiji) finished 2 shots behind Crenshaw (USA). [Bay Hill Club, Orlando, FL].
Played as the Centel Western Open (July 2-5). Second-placed Greg Norman (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Ben Crenshaw (USA). [No.4 Dubsdread course, Cog Hill G&CC, Lemont, nr Chicago, IL].
Played as the Southwestern Bell Colonial (May 17-20). Second-placed John Mahaffey (USA), Corey Pavin (USA) and Nick Price (Zim) finished 3 shots behind Ben Crenshaw (USA). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
Played as the Doral Ryder Open (March 3-6). Second-placed Mark McCumber (USA) and Chip Beck (USA) finished 1 shot behind Ben Crenshaw (USA). [Blue Monster course, Doral Resort, Miami, FL].
Played as the International Trophy (Dec 8-11; best individual 72-hole score at the World Cup of Golf). Second-placed Tateo "Jet" Ozaki (Jpn) finished 1 shot behind Crenshaw (USA). Team winners of the World Cup: Ben Crenshaw & Mark McCumber (USA). [Composite of East & West courses, Royal Melbourne GC, Victoria, Aus].
Played as the USF&G Classic (March 19-22). Second-placed Curtis Strange (USA) finished 3 shots behind Ben Crenshaw (USA). [Lakewood GC, New Orleans, LA].
Played as the Vantage Championship (Oct 23-26). Second-placed Payne Stewart (USA) finished 1 shot behind home-state winner Ben Crenshaw (USA). Reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. [Oak Hills CC, San Antonio, TX].
Played as the Buick Open (July 24-27). Second-placed Doug Tewell (USA) and J.C. Snead (USA) finished 1 shot behind Ben Crenshaw (USA). [Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Michigan].
Played as the Shootout at Jeremy Ranch (unofficial two-man better-ball event; Snr Tr player paired with a PGA Tr player). Ben Crenshaw (USA) & Miller Barber (USA) beat Gene Littler (USA) & John Mahaffey (USA) with an eagle at the first playoff hole (par-5 16th). [Jeremy Ranch G&CC, Park City, nr Salt Lake City, Utah].
The Masters Tournament (48th) (April 12-15). Second-placed Tom Watson (USA) finished 2 shots behind Crenshaw (USA), who recorded the first of his two Masters wins; the second followed 11 years later. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
Played as the Byron Nelson Golf Classic (Apr 28-May 1). Second-placed Hal Sutton (USA) and Brad Bryant (USA) finished 1 shot behind Crenshaw (USA). [Sports Club course, Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas, Irving, nr Dallas, TX].
Played as the Mexican Open (Abierto Mexicano de Golf). Ray Floyd (USA) finished in second place behind Crenshaw (USA). [GC Chapultepec, Naucalpan, Mexico City].
Played as the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic (Sept 25-28). Second-placed Jack Renner (USA) finished 4 shots behind Ben Crenshaw (USA). [North course, Silverado Resort, Napa, CA].
Played as the Walt Disney World National Team Championship (Oct 25-28; two-man team event). Second-placed Peter Jacobsen (USA) & D.A. Weibring (USA), Jeff Hewes (USA) & Sammy Rachels (USA), and Scott Bess (USA) & Dan Halldorson (Can) finished 3 shots behind George Burns (USA) & Ben Crenshaw (USA). [Magnolia course, Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL. Earlier rounds also played on the Palm course].
Played as the Phoenix Open (Jan 19-22). Second-placed Jay Haas (USA) finished 1 shot behind Crenshaw (USA). Event reduced to 54 holes and Monday finish required due to bad weather. [Phoenix CC, Phoenix, AZ].
Played as the Colonial National Invitation (May 12-15). Second-placed John Schroeder (USA) finished 1 shot behind Ben Crenshaw (USA), who recorded his fifth PGA Tour win. [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
Played as the Hawaiian Open (Jan 29-Feb 1). Second-placed Hale Irwin (USA) and Larry Nelson (USA) finished 4 shots behind Ben Crenshaw (USA). [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].
Played as Carroll's Irish Open. Second-placed Brian Barnes (Scot), Billy Casper (USA) and Martin Foster (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Crenshaw (USA). [Portmarnock GC, nr Dublin, Ireland].
Played as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am (Jan 22-25). Second-placed Mike Morley (USA) finished 2 shots behind Crenshaw (USA), who posted his second PGA Tour win. [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Cypress Point Club and Spyglass Hill GC].
Played as the Ohio Kings Island Open (Sept 16-19). Second-placed Andy North (USA) finished 1 shot behind Ben Crenshaw (USA). ["The Grizzly" course, City of Mason Golf Ctr, Mason, OH; at the time called Nicklaus Golf Ctr].
Played as the San Antonio Texas Open (Nov 1-4). Second-placed Orville Moody (USA) finished 2 shots behind 21-year-old Ben Crenshaw (USA). Having made a few occasional appearances on the PGA Tour since 1970, Crenshaw became only the second golfer to win in his debut event as a full member of the Tour. Marty Fleckman was the first to achieve this feat in 1967. [Woodlake GC, San Antonio, Texas].
2021 Opens: whether by accident or design, four of the top five mens’ Open Championships played in the British Isles occupy consecutive weeks in July: the Irish Open (1-4), Scottish Open (8-11), The Open (15-18) and Wales Open (22-25). The recently relaunched English Open is scheduled for early-August.
Hoag Classic: Ernie Els defends his title in this prestigious PGA Tour Champions event, played since 1991 at the Newport Beach Country Club, CA (Mar 5-7).
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