Who's who in golf - Ben Crenshaw

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Name: - Ben Daniel Crenshaw
Country: - USA
Born : - January 11th, 1952 in Austin, the state capital of Texas.
Original Home/Club: - Austin, Texas
Occupation: - Professional golfer; golf course designer
Turned Pro: - 1973
Web Address: - http://www.bencrenshaw.com

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (2): Masters Tournament (1984, '95). Ryder Cup player (1981, '83, '87, '95); Ryder Cup captain (1999). Total professional wins (30), of which US PGA Tour (19). Other wins included the 1976 Irish Open. World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2002). Old Tom Morris Award (1997, GCSAA).

Golf course design

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 (Trails course, 2005) / Barton Creek, TX (Coore-Crenshaw Cliffside course; 2006) / Big Cedar, MO (Ozarks Natl course; 2019) / 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 (Plantation course, 1991) / Old Sandwich, MA (2004) / Old Town Club, NC (modifications, 2013) / Pinehurst, NC (No.2 course modifications, 2010) / Sand Hills, NE (1994) / Sand Valley, WI (Sand Valley course, 2017) / Streamsong, FL (Red course, 2012) / Talking Stick, AZ (North & South courses, 1998) / Trinity Forest, TX (2017) / Warren GC-Notre Dame, IN (1999) / We-Ko-Pa, AZ (Saguaro course, 2006).

BEYOND NORTH AMERICA: Barnbougle, Tasmania (Lost farm course, 2010) / Shanqin Bay, China (2012) / Yokohama CC, Jpn (renovation, 2016).

Did you know?

After attending the University of Texas, Crenshaw turned professional in 1973 and became the second player in US 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.

Top tournaments won by Ben Crenshaw

2009Snr AmericaSkins Game (Snrs)Royal Kaanapali13 skins$530,000
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].
1995Men AmericaGrand Slam of GolfPoipu Bay GC140 (-4)$400,000
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].
1995Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National274 (-14)$396,000
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].
1994Men AmericaNew Orleans ClassicEnglish Turn273 (-15)$216,000
Played as the Freeport-McMoRan Classic (Mar 31-Apr 3). Second-placed José María Olazábal (Esp) finished 3 shots behind Crenshaw (USA). [English Turn G&CC, New Orleans, LA].
1993Men AmericaArnold Palmer InvtlBay Hill Club280 (-8)$180,000
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].
1992Men AmericaBMW Ch'ship (US)Cog Hill276 (-12)$198,000
Played as the Centel Western Open (July 2-5). Second-placed Greg Norman (Aus) finished 1 shot Crenshaw (USA). [No.4 Dubsdread course, Cog Hill G&CC, Lemont, nr Chicago, IL].
1990Men AmericaColonial InvitationalColonial CC, Tex272 (-8)$180,000
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 Crenshaw (USA). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
1988Men AmericaDoral OpenDoral Golf Resort274 (-14)$180,000
Played as the Doral Ryder Open (March 3-6). Second-placed Mark McCumber (USA) and Chip Beck (USA) finished 1 shot behind Crenshaw (USA). [Blue Monster course, Doral Resort, Miami, FL].
1988Men Aus/NZWorld Cup of Golf (Indiv)Royal Melbourne275 (-13)$46,000
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].
1987Men AmericaNew Orleans ClassicLakewood GC, La.268 (-20)$90,000
Played as the USF&G Classic (March 19-22). Second-placed Curtis Strange (USA) finished 3 shots behind Crenshaw (USA). [Lakewood GC, New Orleans, LA].
1986Men AmericaBuick OpenWarwick Hills270 (-18)$90,000
Played as the Buick Open (July 24-27). Second-placed Doug Tewell (USA) and J.C. Snead (USA) finished 1 shot behind Crenshaw (USA). [Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Michigan].
1986Men AmericaTexas OpenOak Hills CC, TX196 (-14)$180,000
Played as the Vantage Championship (Oct 23-26). Second-placed Payne Stewart (USA) finished 1 shot behind home-state winner Crenshaw (USA). Reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. [Oak Hills CC, San Antonio, TX].
1985Snr AmericaUtah ShowdownJeremy Ranch257 (-31)$30,000
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].
1984Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National277 (-11)$108,000
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].
1983Men AmericaByron Nelson Ch'shipTPC Las Colinas273 (-7)$72,000
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].
1981Men AmericaMexican OpenChapultepec273
Played as the Mexican Open (Abierto Mexicano de Golf). Ray Floyd (USA) finished in second place behind Crenshaw (USA). [GC Chapultepec, Naucalpan, Mexico City].
1980Men AmericaMichelob Ch'shipSilverado272 (-16)$54,000
Played as the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic (Sept 25-28). Second-placed Jack Renner (USA) finished 4 shots behind Crenshaw (USA). [North course, Silverado Resort, Napa, CA].
1979Men AmericaPhoenix OpenPhoenix CC, AZ199 (-14)$33,750
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].
1979Men AmericaWalt Disney ClassicDisney's Magnolia255 (-33)$22,500
Played as the Walt Disney World National Team Ch'ship (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].
1977Men AmericaColonial InvitationalColonial CC, Tex272 (-8)$40,000
Played as the Colonial National Invitation. Second-placed John Schroeder (USA) finished 1 shot behind Crenshaw (USA). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
1976Men EuropeIrish OpenPortmarnock284 (-4)£7,000
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].
1976Men AmericaOhio Kings Island Openxx
Played as the Ohio Kings Island Open.
1976Men AmericaPebble Beach Pro-AmPebble Beach281 (-7)$37,000
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].
1976Men AmericaSony Open in HawaiiWaialae CC270 (-18)$46,000
Played as the Hawaiian Open. Second-placed Hale Irwin (USA) and Larry Nelson (USA) finished 4 shots behind Crenshaw (USA). [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].
1973Men AmericaTexas OpenWoodlake GC270 (-14)$25,000
Played as the San Antonio Texas Open. Second-placed Orville Moody (USA) finished 2 shots behind first-time PGA Tour winner Crenshaw (USA). Crenshaw became only the second ever golfer to win in his debut event on the PGA Tour, after Marty Fleckman achieved this feat in the 1967 Cajun Classic. [Woodlake GC, San Antonio, Texas].


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