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Ben Daniel Crenshaw (born January 11, 1952) is an Americanmarker professional golfer.

Crenshaw was born in Austin, Texasmarker. He attended and played golf at Austin High Schoolmarker and the University of Texasmarker before turning 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) and Garrett Willis (2001). 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 Mastersmarker. 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], and having been criticised from some quarters for his captaincy over the first two days as his team slipped to a 10-6 deficit with a day to go, was ultimately credited for providing the inspiration behind his side's remarkable turnaround in the Sunday singles, as they 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 Rankings from 1987 to 1989.

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 Clubmarker. In winning the Mastersmarker in 1995 (a victory that came a week after Penick's death), "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 (12)



Professional wins (29)

PGA Tour wins (19)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of
Victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Nov 4, 1973 San Antonio Texas Open -14 (65-72-66-67=270) |2 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Orville Moody]] |- |2 |Jan 25, [[1976 PGA Tour|1976]] |[[Bing Crosby National Pro-Am]] |-7 (75-67-70-69=281) |2 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Mike Morley]] |- |3 |Feb 1, [[1976 PGA Tour|1976]] |[[Hawaiian Open]] |-18 (70-69-65-66=270) |4 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Larry Nelson]] |- |4 |Sep 19, [[1976 PGA Tour|1976]] |[[Ohio Kings Island Open]] |-9 (69-69-67-66=271) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Andy North]] |- |5 |May 15, [[1977 PGA Tour|1977]] |[[Colonial National Invitation]] |-8 (65-70-68-69=272) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|USA}} [[John Schroeder (golfer)|John Schroeder]] |- |6 |Jan 22, [[1979 PGA Tour|1979]] |[[Phoenix Open]] |-14 (67-61-71=199) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Jay Haas]] |- |7 |Oct 28, [[1979 PGA Tour|1979]] |[[Walt Disney World National Team Championship]]
(with {{flagicon|USA}} [[George Burns (golfer)|George Burns]]) |-33 (62-66-62-65=255) |3 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Peter Jacobsen]] & {{flagicon|USA}} [[D. A. Weibring]]
{{flagicon|USA}} [[Jeff Hewes]] & {{flagicon|USA}} [[Sammy Rachels]]
{{flagicon|USA}} [[Scott Bess]] & {{flagicon|CAN}} [[Dan Halldorson]] |- |8 |Sep 28, [[1980 PGA Tour|1980]] |[[Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic]] |-16 (66-67-68-71=272) |4 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Jack Renner (golfer)| Jack Renner]] |- |9 |May 1, [[1983 PGA Tour|1983]] |[[Byron Nelson Golf Classic]] |-7 (71-69-67-66=273) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Brad Bryant]], {{flagicon|USA}} [[Hal Sutton]] |-bgcolor="#e5d1cb" |10 |Apr 15, [[1984 PGA Tour|1984]] |'''[[Masters Tournament|The Masters]]''' |-11 (67-72-70-68=277) |2 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Tom Watson (golfer)|Tom Watson]] |- |11 |Jul 27, [[1986 PGA Tour|1986]] |[[Buick Open]] |-18 (69-67-66-68=270) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|USA}} [[J. C. Snead]], {{flagicon|USA}} [[Doug Tewell]] |- |12 |Oct 26, [[1986 PGA Tour|1986]] |[[Vantage Championship]] |-14 (65-67-64=196) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Payne Stewart]] |- |13 |Mar 22, [[1987 PGA Tour|1987]] |[[USF&G Classic]] |-20 (66-68-67-67=268) |3 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Curtis Strange]] |- |14 |Mar 6, [[1988 PGA Tour|1988]] |[[Doral-Ryder Open]] |-14 (70-69-69-66=274) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Chip Beck]], {{flagicon|USA}} [[Mark McCumber]] |- |15 |May 20, [[1990 PGA Tour|1990]] |[[Southwestern Bell Colonial]] |-16 (68-67-68-69=272) |3 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[John Mahaffey]], {{flagicon|USA}} [[Corey Pavin]],
{{flagicon|ZWE}} [[Nick Price]] |- |16 |Jul 5, [[1992 PGA Tour|1992]] |[[Centel Western Open]] |-12 (70-72-65-69=276) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|AUS}} [[Greg Norman]] |- |17 |Mar 21, [[1993 PGA Tour|1993]] |[[Nestle Invitational]] |-8 (71-70-69-70=280) |2 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Davis Love III]], {{flagicon|USA}} [[Rocco Mediate]],
{{flagicon|FJI}} [[Vijay Singh]] |- |18 |Apr 3, [[1994 PGA Tour|1994]] |[[Freeport-McMoRan Classic]] |-15 (69-68-68-68=273) |3 strokes |{{flagicon|ESP}} [[José María Olazábal]] |-bgcolor="#e5d1cb" |19 |Apr 9, [[1995 PGA Tour|1995]] |'''[[Masters Tournament|The Masters]]''' |-14 (70-67-69-68=274)
1 stroke Davis Love III


Other wins (9)



Senior wins (1)



Major Championships

Wins (2)

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runner-up
1984 The Mastersmarker 2 shot deficit -11 (67-72-70-68=277) 2 strokes Tom Watson
1995 The Mastersmarker Tied for lead -14 (70-67-69-68=274) 1 stroke Davis Love III


Results timeline

Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
The Mastersmarker DNP DNP T19 LA T24 LA T22 T30 2 T8 T37 CUT
U.S. Open T36 LA T27 CUT CUT DNP T3 T8 T49 CUT T11
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP T28 DNP DNP T5 T2 T2
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP T63 T10 T8 DNP T16 2


Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
The Mastersmarker T6 T8 T24 T2 1 T57 T16 T4 4 T3
U.S. Open T32 T11 T19 CUT CUT CUT T6 T4 T12 CUT
The Open Championship 3 T8 T15 CUT T22 T35 T21 T4 T16 T52
PGA Championship T41 CUT CUT T9 CUT T59 T11 T7 T17 T17


Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
The Mastersmarker T14 T3 46 CUT T18 1 CUT 45 CUT CUT
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP DNP T33 T71 CUT T65 CUT CUT
The Open Championship T31 T80 DNP CUT T77 T15 T27 DNP CUT DNP
PGA Championship T31 WD T73 T61 T9 T44 T69 CUT CUT CUT


Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
The Mastersmarker CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT 47 T55 CUT CUT
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship WD DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP


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

Notable

  • He played on four Ryder Cup teams (1981, 1983, 1987, 1995) and captained the 1999 team.


  • In 1991, Ben Crenshaw was given the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf.


  • He is now a noted golf course designer, working in partnership with Bill Coore.








  • He is the 2006 Kappa Alpha Order Sportsman of the Year.




  • "If we are to preserve the integrity of golf as left to use by our forefathers, it is up to all of us to carry on the true spirit of the game." --Ben Crenshaw


See also



References

  1. 69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking
  2. The Gigantic Book of Golf Quotations, ed. Jim Apfelbaum. 2007.


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