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Ben Daniel Crenshaw (born January 11, 1952) is a retired 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.

Professional career


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 Jim Benepe (1988), Robert Gamez (1990), Garrett Willis (2001), and Russell Henley (2013). Together with his teammate George Burns, he won the 1979 Walt Disney World National Team Championship in Orlando.
Following five runner-up finishes in major championships without a victory, including losing a sudden-death playoff for the 1979 PGA Championship, he won the Masters Tournament in 1984. 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 in 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 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 was among the top ten on McCormack's World Golf Rankings from 1976 to 1981 inclusive, and returned to spend 80 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking from 1987 to 1989. In 1987, he became one of the few players in history to finish in the top ten of all four major championships in the same season without winning any of them.
Despite playing mainly in the United States, Crenshaw had a number of top performances in international events in his career. He won the 1976 Irish Open and then finished runner-up to compatriot Hubert Green the next year. He also finished runner-up at two events on the Australasian Tour, at the 1978 Australian Open and the 1982 Australian PGA Championship. And he famously had two runner-ups at The Open Championship, losing to Jack Nicklaus at the 1978 event and Seve Ballesteros the following year.
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.
The 2015 Masters Tournament was the 44th and final for Crenshaw.
Crenshaw has the worst playoff record in the history of the PGA Tour at 0–8.

Personal life

Crenshaw married his second wife Julie in 1985. All three of his daughters were presented to high society as debutantes at the International Debutante Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
Politically, Crenshaw is a Republican, and has donated money to multiple Republican candidates.Search results for ben crenshaw. OpenSecrets. Retrieved on 2018-06-11.

Amateur wins (13)

  • 1968 International Jaycee Junior Golf Tournament
  • 1971 NCAA Championship, Eastern Amateur, Southern Amateur
  • 1972 NCAA Championship (tie with Tom Kite), Eastern Amateur, Porter Cup, Trans-Mississippi Amateur
  • 1973 NCAA Championship, Western Amateur, Sunnehanna Amateur, Southern Amateur, Northeast Amateur

Professional wins (30)

PGA Tour wins (19)

{
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Legend
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Major championships (2)
-
Other PGA Tour (17)
{
-
!No.
!Date
!Tournament
!Winning score
!Margin of
victory
!Runner(s)-up
-
align=center1
align=rightNov 4, 1973
San Antonio Texas Open
−14 (65-72-66-67=270)
2 strokes
Orville Moody
-
align=center2
align=rightJan 25, 1976
Bing Crosby National Pro-Am
−7 (75-67-70-69=281)
2 strokes
Mike Morley
-
align=center3
align=rightFeb 1, 1976
Hawaiian Open
−18 (70-69-65-66=270)
4 strokes
Hale Irwin, Larry Nelson
-
align=center4
align=rightSep 19, 1976
Ohio Kings Island Open
−9 (69-69-67-66=271)
1 stroke
Andy North
-
align=center5
align=rightMay 15, 1977
Colonial National Invitation
−8 (65-70-68-69=272)
1 stroke
John Schroeder
-
align=center6
align=rightJan 22, 1979
Phoenix Open
−14 (67-61-71=199)
1 stroke
Jay Haas
-
align=center7
align=rightOct 28, 1979
Walt Disney World National Team Championship
(with George Burns)
−33 (62-66-62-65=255)
3 strokes
Scott Bess and Dan Halldorson,
Jeff Hewes and Sammy Rachels,
Peter Jacobsen and D. A. Weibring
-
align=center8
align=rightSep 28, 1980
Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic
−16 (66-67-68-71=272)
4 strokes
Jack Renner
-
align=center9
align=rightMay 1, 1983
Byron Nelson Golf Classic
−7 (71-69-67-66=273)
1 stroke
Brad Bryant, Hal Sutton
-
align=center10
align=rightApr 15, 1984
Masters Tournament
−11 (67-72-70-68=277)
2 strokes
Tom Watson
-
align=center11
align=rightJul 27, 1986
Buick Open
−18 (69-67-66-68=270)
1 stroke
J. C. Snead, Doug Tewell
-
align=center12
align=rightOct 26, 1986
Vantage Championship
−14 (65-67-64=196)
1 stroke
Payne Stewart
-
align=center13
align=rightMar 22, 1987
USF&G Classic
−20 (66-68-67-67=268)
3 strokes
Curtis Strange
-
align=center14
align=rightMar 6, 1988
Doral-Ryder Open
−14 (70-69-69-66=274)
1 stroke
Chip Beck, Mark McCumber
-
align=center15
align=rightMay 20, 1990
Southwestern Bell Colonial (2)
−8 (69-65-72-66=272)
3 strokes
John Mahaffey, Corey Pavin,
Nick Price
-
align=center16
align=rightJul 5, 1992
Centel Western Open
−12 (70-72-65-69=276)
1 stroke
Greg Norman
-
align=center17
align=rightMar 21, 1993
Nestle Invitational
−8 (71-70-69-70=280)
2 strokes
Davis Love III, Rocco Mediate,
Vijay Singh
-
align=center18
align=rightApr 3, 1994
Freeport-McMoRan Classic
−15 (69-68-68-68=273)
3 strokes
José María Olazábal
-
align=center19
align=rightApr 9, 1995
Masters Tournament (2)
−14 (70-67-69-68=274)
1 stroke
Davis Love III
PGA Tour playoff record (0–8)
{
!No.!!Year!!Tournament!!Opponent(s)!!Result
-
align=center1
1978
Bing Crosby National Pro-Am
Tom Watson
Lost to par on second extra hole
-
align=center2
1979
Western Open
Larry Nelson
Lost to birdie on first extra hole
-
align=center3
1979
PGA Championship
David Graham
Lost to birdie on third extra hole
-
align=center4
1981
Bing Crosby National Pro-Am
Bobby Clampett, John Cook,
Hale Irwin, Barney Thompson
Cook won with par on third extra hole
Clampett, Crenshaw and Thompson eliminated with birdie on first hole
-
align=center5
1981
Texas Open
Bill Rogers
Lost to birdie on first extra hole
-
align=center6
1987
Los Angeles Open
Chen Tze-chung
Lost to par on first extra hole
-
align=center7
1989
NEC World Series of Golf
David Frost
Lost to par on second extra hole
-
align=center8
1992
GTE Byron Nelson Classic
Billy Ray Brown, Raymond Floyd,
Bruce Lietzke
Brown won with birdie on first extra hole

European Tour wins (3)

{ class="wikitable"
-
Legend
-
Major championships (2)
-
Other European Tour (1)
{ class="wikitable"
!No.!!Date!!Tournament!!Winning score!!Margin of
victory!!Runner(s)-up
-
align=center1
align=rightAug 29, 1976
Carroll's Irish Open
−4 (73-69-69-73=284)
2 strokes
Brian Barnes, Billy Casper,
Martin Foster
-
align=center2
align=rightApr 15, 1984
Masters Tournament
−11 (67-72-70-68=277)
2 strokes
Tom Watson
-
align=center3
align=rightApr 9, 1995
Masters Tournament (2)
−14 (70-67-69-68=274)
1 stroke
Davis Love III
European Tour playoff record (0–1)
{ class="wikitable"
!No.!!Year!!Tournament!!Opponent!!Result
-
align=center1
1979
PGA Championship
David Graham
Lost to birdie on third extra hole

Other wins (9)

  • 1975 Texas State Open
  • 1979 Texas State Open
  • 1980 Texas State Open
  • 1981 Mexican Open
  • 1985 Shootout at Jeremy Ranch (with Miller Barber)
  • 1988 World Cup (team title with Mark McCumber), World Cup Individual Trophy
  • 1991 Fred Meyer Challenge (with Paul Azinger)
  • 1995 PGA Grand Slam of Golf

Senior wins (1)

  • 2009 Wendy's Champions Skins Game (with Fuzzy Zoeller)
  • Major championships


    Wins (2)

    {class="wikitable"
    !Year!!Championship!!54 holes!!Winning score!!Margin!!Runner-up
    -
    1984 Masters Tournament 2 shot deficit −11 (67-72-70-68=277) 2 strokes Tom Watson
    -
    1995 Masters Tournament (2) Tied for lead −14 (70-67-69-68=274) 1 stroke Davis Love III

    Results timeline

    { cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
    -
    !align="left"Tournament
    !1970
    !1971
    !1972
    !1973
    !1974
    !1975
    !1976
    !1977
    !1978
    !1979
    -
    align=leftMasters Tournament
    T19
    LA
    T24
    LA
    T22
    T30
    2
    T8
    T37
    CUT
    -
    align=leftU.S. Open
    T36
    LA
    T27
    CUT
    CUT
    T3
    T8
    T49
    CUT
    T11
    -
    align=leftThe Open Championship
    T28
    T5
    T2
    T2
    -
    align=leftPGA Championship
    T63
    T10
    T8
    T16
    2
    { cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
    -
    !align="left"Tournament
    !1980
    !1981
    !1982
    !1983
    !1984
    !1985
    !1986
    !1987
    !1988
    !1989
    -
    align=leftMasters Tournament
    T6
    T8
    T24
    T2
    1
    T57
    T16
    T4
    4
    T3
    -
    align=leftU.S. Open
    T32
    T11
    T19
    CUT
    CUT
    CUT
    T6
    T4
    T12
    CUT
    -
    align=leftThe Open Championship
    3
    T8
    T15
    CUT
    T22
    T35
    T21
    T4
    T16
    T52
    -
    align=leftPGA Championship
    T41
    CUT
    CUT
    T9
    CUT
    T59
    T11
    T7
    T17
    T17
    { cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
    -
    !align="left"Tournament
    !1990
    !1991
    !1992
    !1993
    !1994
    !1995
    !1996
    !1997
    !1998
    !1999
    -
    align=leftMasters Tournament
    T14
    T3
    46
    CUT
    T18
    1
    CUT
    45
    CUT
    CUT
    -
    align=leftU.S. Open
    CUT
    T33
    T71
    CUT
    T65
    CUT
    CUT
    -
    align=leftThe Open Championship
    T31
    T80
    CUT
    T77
    T15
    T27
    CUT
    -
    align=leftPGA Championship
    T31
    WD
    T73
    T61
    T9
    T44
    T69
    CUT
    CUT
    CUT
    { cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
    -
    !align="left"Tournament
    !2000
    !2001
    !2002
    !2003
    !2004
    !2005
    !2006
    !2007
    !2008
    !2009
    -
    align=leftMasters Tournament
    CUT
    CUT
    CUT
    CUT
    CUT
    CUT
    47
    T55
    CUT
    CUT
    -
    align=leftU.S. Open
    -
    align=leftThe Open Championship
    -
    align=leftPGA Championship
    WD
    { cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
    -
    !align="left"Tournament !! 2010 !! 2011 !! 2012 !! 2013 !! 2014 !! 2015
    -
    align=leftMasters Tournament
    CUT
    CUT
    CUT
    CUT
    CUT
    CUT
    -
    align=leftU.S. Open
    -
    align=leftThe Open Championship
    -
    align=leftPGA Championship
    LA
    = Low amateur
    CUT = missed the halfway cut
    WD = withdrew
    "T" indicates a tie for a place.

    Summary

    { class=wikitable style=text-align:center
    !Tournament !! Wins !! 2nd !! 3rd !! Top-5 !! Top-10 !! Top-25 !! Events !! Cuts made
    -
    align=leftMasters Tournament 2 2 2 8 11 18 44 25
    -
    align=leftU.S. Open 0 0 1 2 4 8 26 15
    -
    align=leftThe Open Championship 0 2 1 5 6 11 21 18
    -
    align=leftPGA Championship 0 1 0 1 6 10 26 18
    -
    !Totals !! 2 !! 5 !! 4 !! 16 !! 27 !! 47 !! 117 !! 76
    • Most consecutive cuts made – 13 (twice)
    • Longest streak of top-10s – 6 (1975 U.S. Open – 1977 Masters)

    Results in The Players Championship

    { cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
    -
    !align="left"Tournament
    !1974
    !1975
    !1976
    !1977
    !1978
    !1979
    !1980
    !1981
    !1982
    !1983
    !1984
    !1985
    !1986
    !1987
    !1988
    !1989
    -
    align=leftThe Players Championship
    T39
    T55
    T70
    CUT
    T4
    CUT
    2
    T63
    CUT
    T10
    T26
    T33
    T54
    T9
    T11
    T11
    { cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
    -
    !align="left"Tournament
    !1990
    !1991
    !1992
    !1993
    !1994
    !1995
    !1996
    !1997
    !1998
    !1999
    !2000
    !2001
    -
    align=leftThe Players Championship
    CUT
    CUT
    T29
    CUT
    T19
    CUT
    T73
    CUT
    CUT
    CUT
    CUT
    CUT
    CUT = missed the halfway cut
    "T" indicates a tie for a place

    Notable

    • He played on four Ryder Cup teams (1981, 1983, 1987, 1995) and captained the 1999 team.
    • In 1987, he became one of the few players in history to record top-10 finishes in all four major championships in the same season. Ed Dudley, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Doug Sanders, Miller Barber, Jack Nicklaus, Hale Irwin, Tom Watson, Tiger Woods, Sergio García, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, and Brooks Koepka have also achieved the feat.
    • In 1991, Crenshaw was given the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf.
    • His stepmother, Roberta Crenshaw, was an Austin-area philanthropist.
    • He is now a noted golf course designer, working in partnership with Bill Coore.
    • He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002.
    • He is the 2006 Kappa Alpha Order Sportsman of the Year.
    • "If we are to preserve the integrity of golf as left to us by our forefathers, it is up to all of us to carry on the true spirit of the game."

    U.S. national team appearances

    Amateur
  • Eisenhower Trophy: 1972 (winners)
  • Professional
    • Ryder Cup: 1981 (winners), 1983 (winners), 1987, 1995, 1999 (winners, non-playing captain)
    • World Cup: 1987, 1988 (winners, individual winner)
    • Kirin Cup: 1988 (winners)
    • Dunhill Cup: 1995
    • Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (representing Senior PGA Tour): 2002

    See also

  • List of golfers with most PGA Tour wins

  • External links



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