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April 24 2012

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Fellowship strikes chord with Crane

Interview: Ben Crane

Ben Crane meets with the media and talks about the genesis of the Golf Boys videos and the fun he's had making them.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

AVONDALE, La. -- Years from now, when people are asked what they remember most about the 2012 Masters, they'll undoubtedly talk about the amazing shot Bubba Watson curved out of the trees onto the green on the second playoff hole.

A close second, though, will surely be the tearful and heartfelt hugs after Watson tapped in for the winning par. First, from his mother, Molly, and then from Ben Crane, Rickie Fowler and Aaron Baddeley, who made their way to the 10th green to support their good friend.

Crane and Fowler had been watching the final four holes unfold in the caddy area.

"We kept looking at each other like, he's got a chance, he's got a chance," Crane remembered on Tuesday at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. "Rickie was in casual clothes, and I said, buddy, you'd better change. You'd better look presentable if we go out."

Once the playoff with Louis Oosthuizen began, the three decided to follow the action. Knowing his wife Angie was at home with the son the couple had adopted two weeks earlier heightened their sense of urgency.

"We knew that Angie was at home, she wasn't able to come out because of the situation with their baby, and so we just wanted to go out and support our friend who we love," Crane said. "So that's one of the best things about being on TOUR, about winning tournaments -- just the fellowship out here, the community.

"It's so fun to do it with your friends. People ask me what's the highlight of your career. For me it's not like a victory, it's doing it with my friends and family and doing it for the right reasons, which is to glorify God."

The buddies talked a couple of Augusta National members into giving them a ride down the 18th fairway. They ended up at the back left of the green just as Watson hit the shot from the trees.

"I'm like, oh, gosh, is that right at us?" Crane recalled. "Your reaction is like, oh, it's going to hit you. You always think the ball is coming right at you, right? It started out, I'm going, oh, boy, this is way off line, and all of a sudden it put on the blinker.
   
“But I wasn't watching the ball at this point. I'm just like ducking, right?  Fight or flight, right? And then all of a sudden people started clapping. I'm like, what?  I look up and I see the ball, like oh, my gosh. Obviously it will be one of the greatest shots of our era to be hit. Just an incredible shot."

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