Crane holds on for PGA win

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ben Crane put his name back in the news for the best rea­son of all. He won an­other golf tour­na­ment.

Crane made two birdie putts longer than 45 feet to build a big enough cush­ion that miss­ing a few short putts down the stretch didn’t cost him Sun­day in the Farm­ers In­sur­ance Open at Tor­rey Pines.

Crane knocked in a 76-cen­time­tre par putt on the fi­nal hole for a 2-un­der 70 and a one-shot victory over Michael Sim, Brandt Snedeker and Marc Leish­man. It was Crane’s third ca­reer victory, and first in nearly five years, and this one earned him a trip back to the Mas­ters.

The last time Crane made news, he was in­ad­ver­tently swept up in the Tiger Woods scan­dal when a gos­sip mag­a­zine at­trib­uted quotes to him that he never made. Life&Style said it spoke to Crane at Q-school, even though Crane was never there.

Cal­gary’s Stephen Ames fired a 73 to fin­ish tied for 33rd.

Crane han­dled that sit­u­a­tion with the same even hand he dis­played on a cool, breezy af­ter­noon along the Pa­cific bluffs.

Start­ing the fi­nal round two shots be­hind, he opened with three birdies in five holes, in­clud­ing one from just over 45 feet on No. 3. He ex­panded his lead to three shots with an­other 45-foot birdie putt on the 11th.

Then, it was a mat­ter of hang­ing on.

He had plenty of chal­lengers, al­though Phil Mick­el­son wasn’t one of them. Mak­ing his sea­son de­but, and only four shots be­hind, Mick­el­son bo­geyed his first three holes and was never a fac­tor.

Robert Al­lenby made a charge only to fall back by los­ing five shots in four holes, in­clud­ing a tee shot that van­ished into the canyon. Sim, the 25-year-old Aus­tralian, kept with Crane the en­tire round and had his chances to the very end.

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