February 3 2012
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Ben Crane saw something pretty unusual happen on Thursday evening after darkness suspended play at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
He was playing with Davis Love III and Kenny Perry, and the threesome had made it through 17 holes when the horn sounded. Turns out, Perry's son, Justin, who caddies for him, had something special planned on the 18th.
The message on the scoreboard said it all: "Brittany, Will you marry me? Justin" And for the record, she said yes.
"He went down on one knee and he did it all right," Crane said. "He wasn't too nervous and he got it done. .. She was super surprised."
Crane said the players and their caddies knew what Justin was going to do. After the one-hour frost delay on Thursday morning pushed tee times back, though, they were thinking a change in plans might be in order.
"We were talking all day, hey, we might finish on 16," Crane said. "See if you can get it out on the leaderboard at 16 but they couldn't do it. They just put it up at 18. But it worked out perfect. It was pretty cool."
Crane will get a later tee time on Saturday after playing his way to 6 under for the tournament. He was among the top 10 on the leaderboard when he finished off his 67 on Friday, and while he has eight strokes to make up on Spencer Levin, there are still two days left.
Crane jump-started his round on Friday when he drained a 69-footer for eagle at the 15th hole, which was his 15th of the day. He closed with birdies on Nos. 17 and 18, then relied on a solid putter on the front nine to preserve the round of 4 under.
"On my front nine I made a lot of really key putts to keep my momentum going, like 12-footer, big left-to-right breaker on my 17th hole," Crane said. "I was making those and those are the putts that keep your round going or break your round. I was able to make them today, which was fun."