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Golf Australia Express : Issue 15
PLAYER THE THE MANY SIDES OF BEN CRANE SINCE THE launch of OTG we’ve been waiting for Ben Crane to win. Not because he’s a star in the making. And not because he’s an Excitement Machine on course (his golf, in fact, is about as boring as it gets—just ask Rory Sabbatini). No, we wanted to see The Cranium atop the podium for one reason alone: it gave us the chance to show off his personality. Or is that personalities? Benjamin McCully Crane is one quirky character, and there’s a lot of parts that make up this complex 35-year-old American. He’s a golfer, a comedian, a devout Christian, a family man, a philanthropist, a blogger, a fashion icon and a member of a boy band—and not necessarily in that order. His win at the McGladrey Classic over Webb Simpson earlier this month was his fourth PGA Tour win, and his first since January 2010. In a testing year for the Oregan native—a back injury adding to his winless season— the victory was a real blessing. Crane almost didn’t finish the event, flirting with the idea of returning home to Texas to his wife, Heather, who was heavily pregnant with the couple’s third child. He chose to play on, and the rest as they say, is now history. He’s incredibly slow on course. Terribly deliberate. Bordering on boring to watch. Yet Ben Crane has developed a cult following through a serious of comical videos he launched to show golf fans another side of himself. Hey, do you like everything about yourself?