Ben Crenshaw

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Ben Crenshaw
— Golfer —
Ben Crenshaw 2008 Senior Players Championship.jpg
Crenshaw in 2008
Personal information
Full nameBen Daniel Crenshaw
NicknameGentle Ben
Born(1952-01-11) January 11, 1952 (age 62)
Austin, Texas
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight157 lb (71 kg; 11.2 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceAustin, Texas
SpouseJulie (m. 1985-present)
Polly (m. 1976-1985)
ChildrenClaire Susan, Anna Riley, Katherine Vail
Career
CollegeUniversity of Texas
Turned professional1973
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins29
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour19
European Tour1
Other8 (regular)
1 (senior)
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 2)
Masters TournamentWon: 1984, 1995
U.S. OpenT3: 1975
The Open ChampionshipT2: 1978, 1979
PGA Championship2nd: 1979
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame2002 (member page)
Haskins Award1971, 1972, 1973
Bob Jones Award1991
Old Tom Morris Award1997
Payne Stewart Award2001
 
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Ben Crenshaw
— Golfer —
Ben Crenshaw 2008 Senior Players Championship.jpg
Crenshaw in 2008
Personal information
Full nameBen Daniel Crenshaw
NicknameGentle Ben
Born(1952-01-11) January 11, 1952 (age 62)
Austin, Texas
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight157 lb (71 kg; 11.2 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceAustin, Texas
SpouseJulie (m. 1985-present)
Polly (m. 1976-1985)
ChildrenClaire Susan, Anna Riley, Katherine Vail
Career
CollegeUniversity of Texas
Turned professional1973
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins29
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour19
European Tour1
Other8 (regular)
1 (senior)
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 2)
Masters TournamentWon: 1984, 1995
U.S. OpenT3: 1975
The Open ChampionshipT2: 1978, 1979
PGA Championship2nd: 1979
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame2002 (member page)
Haskins Award1971, 1972, 1973
Bob Jones Award1991
Old Tom Morris Award1997
Payne Stewart Award2001

Ben Daniel Crenshaw (born January 11, 1952) is an American professional golfer who has won 19 events on the PGA Tour, including two major championships: the Masters Tournament in 1984 and 1995. He is nicknamed Gentle Ben.[1]

Biography[edit]

Born in Austin, Texas, Crenshaw attended and played golf at Austin High School and the University of Texas, where he won three NCAA Championships from 1971 to 1973. He was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. He turned professional in 1973.

In 1973, Crenshaw became the second player in Tour history to win the first event of his career; this accomplishment was achieved earlier by Marty Fleckman (1967) and later repeated by Robert Gamez (1990), Garrett Willis (2001), and Russell Henley (2013). Following five runner-up finishes in major championships without a victory, including losing a sudden-death playoff for the 1979 PGA Championship, in 1984 he won The Masters. In the mid-1980s, he suffered from Graves' disease, a disease of the thyroid, but he continued to accumulate victories, finishing with 19 on the PGA Tour, including an emotional second Masters victory in 1995, which came a week after the death of his mentor Harvey Penick.

In 1999, he was selected as captain of the United States Ryder Cup team for the matches at The Country Club, Brookline, Massachusetts. He was criticized from some quarters for his captaincy over the first two days as his team slipped to a 10-6 deficit; however, he was ultimately credited for providing the inspiration behind his side's remarkable turnaround in the Sunday singles, as the U.S. won 8 ½ of the final day's 12 points to regain the Cup.

Crenshaw won several professional events outside the PGA Tour, including individual and team titles in the World Cup of Golf in 1988. He spent 80 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking from 1987 to 1989.[2]

Crenshaw is widely regarded as one of the best putters in golf history. His instructor growing up, Harvey Penick, taught him a smooth, effortless stroke on the greens, which allowed him to master even the speediest of greens–including those at Augusta National Golf Club. In winning the Masters in 1995, "Gentle Ben" did not record a single three-putt during the tournament.

Since 1986, Crenshaw has been a partner with Bill Coore in Coore & Crenshaw, a golf course design firm.

Amateur wins (13)[edit]

Professional wins (29)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (19)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (2)
Other PGA Tour (17)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1Nov 4, 1973San Antonio Texas Open−14 (65-72-66-67=270)2 strokesUnited States Orville Moody
2Jan 25, 1976Bing Crosby National Pro-Am−7 (75-67-70-69=281)2 strokesUnited States Mike Morley
3Feb 1, 1976Hawaiian Open−18 (70-69-65-66=270)4 strokesUnited States Larry Nelson
4Sep 19, 1976Ohio Kings Island Open−9 (69-69-67-66=271)1 strokeUnited States Andy North
5May 15, 1977Colonial National Invitation−8 (65-70-68-69=272)1 strokeUnited States John Schroeder
6Jan 22, 1979Phoenix Open−14 (67-61-71=199)1 strokeUnited States Jay Haas
7Oct 28, 1979Walt Disney World National Team Championship
(with United States George Burns)
−33 (62-66-62-65=255)3 strokesUnited States Peter Jacobsen & United States D. A. Weibring
United States Jeff Hewes & United States Sammy Rachels
United States Scott Bess & Canada Dan Halldorson
8Sep 28, 1980Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic−16 (66-67-68-71=272)4 strokesUnited States Jack Renner
9May 1, 1983Byron Nelson Golf Classic−7 (71-69-67-66=273)1 strokeUnited States Brad Bryant, United States Hal Sutton
10Apr 15, 1984Masters Tournament−11 (67-72-70-68=277)2 strokesUnited States Tom Watson
11Jul 27, 1986Buick Open−18 (69-67-66-68=270)1 strokeUnited States J. C. Snead, United States Doug Tewell
12Oct 26, 1986Vantage Championship−14 (65-67-64=196)1 strokeUnited States Payne Stewart
13Mar 22, 1987USF&G Classic−20 (66-68-67-67=268)3 strokesUnited States Curtis Strange
14Mar 6, 1988Doral-Ryder Open−14 (70-69-69-66=274)1 strokeUnited States Chip Beck, United States Mark McCumber
15May 20, 1990Southwestern Bell Colonial−16 (68-67-68-69=272)3 strokesUnited States John Mahaffey, United States Corey Pavin,
Zimbabwe Nick Price
16Jul 5, 1992Centel Western Open−12 (70-72-65-69=276)1 strokeAustralia Greg Norman
17Mar 21, 1993Nestle Invitational−8 (71-70-69-70=280)2 strokesUnited States Davis Love III, United States Rocco Mediate,
Fiji Vijay Singh
18Apr 3, 1994Freeport-McMoRan Classic−15 (69-68-68-68=273)3 strokesSpain José María Olazábal
19Apr 9, 1995Masters Tournament−14 (70-67-69-68=274)1 strokeUnited States Davis Love III

PGA Tour playoff record (0–8)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11978Bing Crosby National Pro-AmUnited States Tom WatsonLost to par on second extra hole
21979Western OpenUnited States Larry NelsonLost to birdie on first extra hole
31979PGA ChampionshipUnited States David GrahamLost to birdie on third extra hole
41981Bing Crosby National Pro-AmUnited States Bobby Clampett, United States John Cook
United States Hale Irwin, United States Barney Thompson
Cook won with par on third extra hole
Clampett, Crenshaw, and Thompson eliminated with birdie on first hole
51981Texas OpenUnited States Bill RogersLost to birdie on first extra hole
61987Los Angeles OpenTaiwan T.C. ChenLost to par on first extra hole
71989NEC World Series of GolfSouth Africa David FrostLost to par on second extra hole
81992GTE Byron Nelson ClassicUnited States Billy Ray Brown, United States Raymond Floyd,
United States Bruce Lietzke
Brown won with birdie on first extra hole

European Tour wins (1)[edit]

Other wins (8)[edit]

Senior wins (1)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
1984Masters Tournament2 shot deficit−11 (67-72-70-68=277)2 strokesUnited States Tom Watson
1995Masters TournamentTied for lead−14 (70-67-69-68=274)1 strokeUnited States Davis Love III

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
Masters TournamentDNPDNPT19 LAT24 LAT22T302T8T37CUT
U.S. OpenT36 LAT27CUTCUTDNPT3T8T49CUTT11
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPT28DNPDNPT5T2T2
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPT63T10T8DNPT162
Tournament1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
Masters TournamentT6T8T24T21T57T16T44T3
U.S. OpenT32T11T19CUTCUTCUTT6T4T12CUT
The Open Championship3T8T15CUTT22T35T21T4T16T52
PGA ChampionshipT41CUTCUTT9CUTT59T11T7T17T17
Tournament1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
Masters TournamentT14T346CUTT181CUT45CUTCUT
U.S. OpenCUTDNPDNPDNPT33T71CUTT65CUTCUT
The Open ChampionshipT31T80DNPCUTT77T15T27DNPCUTDNP
PGA ChampionshipT31WDT73T61T9T44T69CUTCUTCUT
Tournament2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Masters TournamentCUTCUTCUTCUTCUTCUT47T55CUTCUT
U.S. OpenDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipWDDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
Tournament20102011201220132014
Masters TournamentCUTCUTCUTCUTCUT
U.S. OpenDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNP

LA = Low amateur
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament222811184325
U.S. Open0012482615
The Open Championship02156112118
PGA Championship01016102618
Totals25416274711676

Notable[edit]

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jenkins, Dan. "Gentle Ben Is Very Tough". Sports Illustrated. 
  2. ^ "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ "1997 Nitro Texas State Open". Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ Apfelbaum, Jim, ed. (2007). The Gigantic Book of Golf Quotations. Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60239-014-0. 

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