By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Ben Crane, who finished off a first-round 67 on Friday morning that left him three shots off the lead, has just become the second player to withdraw at The Barclays.
Crane, who came to The Barclays ranked 125th in the FedExCup, withdrew after four holes in the second round with a lower back injury. "Just been battling a disk injury, and just got to where I couldn't play," Crane said.
Crane, who needed to move into the top 100 to advance to next week's Deutsche Bank Championship, will not earn any points this week so he will unable to play in the rest of the FedExCup Playoffs. Crane said he was very disappointed to have to withdraw.
"Just bummed," Crane said. "I just figured some stuff out this week, and was really excited about it. And it showed up in the first round, and then, you know, obviously not feeling good prevents you from doing what you want to do.
"There's a learn level of pain that you just can't take anymore."
Crane said he planned to have his back evaluated and was looking forward to playing again when the 2013-2014 PGA TOUR season begins in October.
Lucas Glover withdrew earlier on Friday after playing three holes in the second round. Glover, who will also miss the rest of the Playoffs after starting the week ranked 107th in the FedExCup, injured his wrist.
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Some players left the scoring trailer at Sedgefield Country Club knowing their PGA TOUR season had come to an end. A missed cut guaranteed they’d miss the FedExCup Playoffs. Others, like Ben Crane, will have to wait and see if they can sneak into the postseason despite failing to qualify for the weekend at the Wyndham.
Crane started the week at No. 124 in the FedExCup standings, but shot 72-76 to miss the cut. The four-time TOUR winner’s playing privileges don’t hang in the balance, though. He started the week at No. 99 on the money list, good enough to secure playing privileges for the following season.
“I just didn’t play well,” Crane said. “I’m probably in a position where I’m going to end up missing the Playoffs, depending on how people play. I certainly wanted to play myself in. It’s been a challenging year. I need to keep grinding away and get healthier.”
If he does miss the Playoffs, Crane said he’ll treat the extended break as an offseason and use it to “evaluate, improve a little bit and get back after it.” He’s been struggling with a back injury all year. He almost had to withdraw Thursday because of the injury. “It’s disk stuff, but not bad enough to operate on, so I’ve just had to live with being in a little bit of pain and not being able to practice as much as I’d like,” he said.
Scott Langley started the week at No. 121 in the FedExCup standings and shot a first-round 67. He missed the cut after a second-round 76, and while it’s likely he’ll remain in the top 125 and keep his TOUR card, it will likely be a long weekend for the rookie as he awaits his fate.
“I just happened to have the worst day of golf I’ve had in two months today,” Langley said. “It’s out of my control now. I just hope I can hang on this weekend and stay in the playoffs. I’m just going to get lost in practice and try and improve, try not to let it own my weekend. I’ll just check it Sunday afternoon and hopefully I’ll be alright.”
TOUR rookie Brad Fristch (No. 128 in FedExCup) missed the cut after shooting shooting 75-71, ensuring that he would need to return to the Web.com Tour Finals to regain his full playing privileges. Four-time TOUR winner Chad Campbell, who started the week at No. 132 in the FedExCup, also missed the cut; he can use a career money-list exemption next year, though. Several notables, like No. 125 Steven Bowditch and 130th-ranked Bud Cauley, are in action this afternoon.
Ben Kohles, who turned pro last year and won his first two starts on the Web.com Tour, shot 75-75 at Sedgefield to ensure he’d be headed to the Web.com Tour Finals. He started the week at No. 142 in the FedExCup.
“I’m going to go to those four (Finals) events and get after it,” said Kohles, who won last year’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. That event will be the third event of the four-event Web.com Tour Finals.
Padraig Harrington enters the Reno-Tahoe Open at No. 123 in the FedExCup. (Halleran/Getty Images)
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
Here’s a look at some featured groupsfor the first two rounds of this week's Reno-Tahoe Open at Montreux Golf & Country Club:
J.J. Henry-Stuart Appleby-Padraig Harrington: The defending champion, J.J. Henry, is playing with nine-time PGA TOUR winner Stuart Appleby and three-time major winner Padraig Harrington. Harrington, the 2008 PGA Championship winner, also is in next week’s PGA, while Henry is the third alternate. A victory at the Reno-Tahoe Open also will earn a player an exemption to Oak Hill. Henry, at No. 91 in the FedExCup standings, appears to have clinched his spot in the FedExCup Playoffs. Appleby and Harrington could use a good week, though. Harrington is 123rd in the standings, while Appleby is 124th. The top 125 after the Wyndham Championship qualify for the Playoffs.
Woody Austin-Ben Crane-Davis Love III: This threesome features three former TOUR winners who could use a good week to ensure a spot in the FedExCup Playoffs. Austin won this year’s Sanderson Farms Championship, his first TOUR win since 2007, but ranks 134th in the FedExCup. The 300 points he earned for his Sanderson Farms win are the only points he’s earned this season. Crane, a four-time PGA TOUR winner, is 122nd in the standings. He’s posted just two top-10s in 18 starts this season, including a T-8 at THE PLAYERS Championship. Love, who missed several months because of neck surgery in February, is 162nd in the FedExCup after finishing in the top-10 once in 12 starts. Love and Austin are both in the field for next week’s PGA Championship.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ben Crane tried to play in Wednesday's pro-am at the Wells Fargo Championship but had to leave the course and head to the fitness trailer after six holes.
So Crane withdrew from the tournament, as well. He has been replaced by PGA TOUR veteran Rod Pampling, who was in a playoff for the fourth Monday qualifying spot.
Billy Mayfair is now the first alternate.
After an 18 month hiatus, golf's favorite boy band is reuniting.
"Golf Boys", a group founded by PGA TOUR star Ben Crane, featuring Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan which parodies boy bands, have released their second song, “2.Oh”. The song was written by the golfers' friend and popular recording artist, Mat Kearney.
The first Golf Boys video, released in June of 2011, quickly became an Internet sensation and has amassed nearly 6 million views on YouTube. Aside from Tiger Woods-related videos, it's the most viewed video on the Internet featuring professional golfers.
An encore video was not originally planned, but fans begged for one relentlessly.
Crane, the unofficial band leader, reached out to Kearney, an avid golfer and friend from his college days in Eugene, OR, to help with the second song. Kearney set out to write a song that played off of the golfers’ individual style and personality, but also managed to name-drop numerous PGA TOUR stars including: Stewart Cink, Aaron Baddeley, Adam Scott, Ricky Barnes, Rory Sabbatini, Kevin Na, Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen, Bo Van Pelt and Stuart Appleby.
“Ben and I have been friends for a long time,” says Kearney. “He mentioned they might do a new Golf Boys song, so I got off the phone and tried to come up with a hard hitting hip hop track. I thought using golfers’ names as puns would be pretty dang funny. I sat there for hours cracking myself up. How often do you get to write a rap for someone who's won the Masters?”
The video is on Ben Crane's YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/bencranegolf
The Golf Boys use the videos to raise money for charity and hope to introduce a younger generation to the game of golf. For their second video, the Golf Boys are partnering with international aid organization, charity:water. 100% of proceeds from Golf Boys “2.Oh” will be dedicated to the construction of clean water wells in Ethiopia through charity:water. Since 2006, charity:water has been able to provide clean water to over 3.2 million people in 20 countries. The Golf Boys set up a fundraising page on the charity:water website so that fans can learn more about the cause and, if interested, contribute: www.mycharitywater.org/GolfBoys. "We are in a truly unique era," says Crane, "I love that we can goof off on YouTube and help people across the world. I'm all in for that."
Watson agrees. "We obviously don't have any profit motive here. We're just having fun and sharing a bit of our personality with fans. I think it's awesome that we will be able to provide clean water and awareness for our brothers and sisters in Ethiopia. If we can reach new fans and grow the game of golf in the process, that's a huge bonus.”
Historically, golf has had one of the older viewer demographics in sports, something that Crane feels provides an opportunity for Golf Boys.
"Tournament golf requires tremendous focus. We can't show raw personality in competition like other sports,” says Crane. “I think making these videos has helped make us more relatable to a demographic that might not otherwise be attracted to golf. As professional golfers, we’re sort of caretakers of the game. There is nothing wrong with being an older sport, but we want to do our best to grow it. The easiest way to do that is by engaging younger fans.”
Crane created a YouTube channel in September of 2010 after filming a popular workout parody video as a favor for a friend. The video went "viral" around the golf community and Crane was encouraged to start a regular series. Since that time, Crane has released numerous videos poking fun at his supposed insecurities such as his pace of play, pre-round routine and rapid hair loss. In January of 2013, Crane's YouTube channel passed Lebron James to become the second most-viewed YouTube channel of any active athlete. Crane doesn't profit from the viewership, as the channel is “owned” by he and his wife’s foundation and any revenue received is donated to charities that they support.
“On a personal level, social media has done a lot to change the perception of who I am,” says Crane. “I think I’ve been able to show fans a different side of myself and other pro golfers. I’m a golfer, first and foremost, but spending one day every few months to create a video that raises money for charity and might grow the game is too good of an opportunity to pass up.”
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2013 PREVIEW: Ben Crane was bothered by inflammation around a disk in his back late in the season but with rest, he expected to be able to prepare for 2013 as he would any other year. That's good because the de facto leader of the "Golf Boys" tends to play well at the start of the season, witness those three top 10s in his first four starts last year.
2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Some would say it was the rap-session on the 16th tee with Bubba Watson during the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. It must have been an omen because Crane closed with a 66 to finish a season-best second, one shot short of denying Kyle Stanley his redemptive win. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Shame on us for not knowing how funny Ben can be. For years we just thought of him as a slow player. Crane has picked up the pace and picked up laughs on the way. He played the 16th hole in Phoenix wearing a helmet from one of his videos. Did you know Ben is also very good at table tennis? -- Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio
BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: Submitted a virtual carbon copy of 2011 albeit sans a victory. Also did the majority of his damage very early in the year. Seems to have learned how to manage a chronic back injury, so don't lose any sleep over that, but it downgrades his value a bit since he's been limited to 23 starts the last two years. -- Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert
2012 QUICK REVIEW
Regular Season ranking
Final Playoffs ranking
|Best finish||2nd||Waste Management Phoenix Open|
|By the Numbers Starts: 23 Cuts made: 16 Rounds played: 72 Top-10 finishes: 4 Money List rank: 46th||TOUR ranking Driving distance: 122nd Driving accuracy: 50th Greens in regulation: 105th Strokes gained-putting: 19th Scoring average: 73rd|
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Defending champion Ben Crane made up a seven-shot deficit in his final 11 holes to win last season.