January 8 2012
KAPALUA, Hawaii – Through the first two rounds, no player in the 27-man field had been able to birdie the opening hole at the Plantation Course.
But Ben Crane finally broke though in Sunday’s third round with the week’s first birdie at the par-4 , 520-yard hole.
Crane hit a 368-yard drive that left him 152 yards from the pin. His approach shot landed inside 18 feet and he rolled in the putt.
Crane followed that with another birdie at the second hole, but has dropped a stroke at the fourth. He’s now 4 under for the tournament.
The opening hole has played as the second hardest of the week, with the par-4 13th ranked as the toughest.