Monday, March 23, 2009

Masters Profile: Ben Crenshaw

‘Gentle’ Ben Crenshaw amassed 19 victories during his career on the PGA Tour, including two (2) green jackets in 1984 & 1995. Only he and Jack Nicklaus share the longest period between victories (11 years) at Augusta National.

Of his two victories at the Masters, none was more emotional than in 1995, when Crenshaw’s longtime instructor, friend and mentor, Harvey Penick, died the previous week. Crenshaw, who’s putting prowess was taught and honed by Penick, utilized his smooth stroke on Augusta’s tricky, fast greens en route to a 14-under 274, three shots better than his first victory in 1984.

After playing 4 rounds of tournament golf with a heavy heart, Crenshaw sank a bogey putt on the 18th green for a victory and a 2nd green jacket. An emotional Crenshaw broke down in tears over the loss of his friend and later claimed, "It was kind of like I felt this hand on my shoulder, guiding me along."

Vital Masters Stats for Ben Crenshaw:

# of Masters Appearances (37)
Best Finish (1st- 1984, 1995)
Top-10 finishes (11) 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1995

IB18’s Projection at 2009 Masters: Missed Cut

2 Comentários:

DeeDee said...

Do you remeber seeing Ben Crenshaw at O'Hare? I don't remember the year or where we were coming home from, but he was coming to Chicago because he was picking up his luggage at our carousel and he was all alone.

Jeff Goodman (Goods) said...

We we're coming home from NYC. I remember you going up to him at the baggage claim, wishing him luck at the Western Open. I believe he may have been with his caddy.

Anyway, he was congenial from what I can remember. That was the summer I caddied the Western pro-am, on the bag for Bob G., Mark McCumber was the pro.

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