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May 23 2012

10:18 PM

Time for last Golf Boy to win

FORT WORTH, Texas – Three Golf Boys have won PGA TOUR events in 2012. Ben Crane has not.

“Well,” Rickie Fowler said with a grin, “he is a bit slower than the rest of us.”

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Fowler was the latest of the three, claiming the Wells Fargo Championship three weeks ago. Bubba Watson won the Masters in April and Hunter Mahan is one of just two players – Jason Dufner being the other – with multiple wins this year.

Crane won The McGladrey Classic in his final start of the 2011 season, but his best finish this year is a solo second at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

As a result …

“Ben doesn’t talk to us anymore,” Mahan said. “He’s pretty upset at us.”

Perhaps this week he’ll join his fellow Golf Boys in the 2012 winner’s circle. His track record at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial is pretty good – three top-5 finishes in his last five starts here, although he missed the cut last year.

Said Fowler: “I definitely want to see Ben get out there and get a win to complete the four wins for all of us.”

Overall, though, it’s been a productive 12 months on TOUR for the Golf Boys. Starting with Colonial last year, they’ve accumulated five wins and 16 other top-10s.

“It’s pretty crazy to think four guys who did something kind of silly and all played well since then,” Mahan said. “Pretty random, I would say, if anything. But it’s been fun. It’s a good motivator for all of us, I think.”

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