April 7, 1994 |
When he putts, nobody in the gallery secretly mouths to himself, "Miss it!" If he hits the ball in the rough, everybody groans. When a red number goes up next to his name, the crowd cheers. No one has ever seen him throw a club, kick a ball-washer, snarl at a marshal or a spectator. In pro-ams, he helps the auto dealers line up their putts. The press likes him. He yields to no one in his knowledge and affection for the history of the game.
April 4, 1994 |
Ben Crenshaw, his putting touch especially sharp, shot his third consecutive round of 68 Sunday to win the Freeport-McMoRan Golf Classic by three strokes. "I was really proud of the way I played this week on this course," said Crenshaw, who finished with a total of 15-under-par 273. "I was really glad to get through today." The victory, the 18th in his 22-year career, earned Crenshaw $216,000. His last three top-10 finishes have been victories.
March 22, 1993 |
Ben Crenshaw beat the field by two strokes--and darkness by a much more narrow margin--Sunday in the Nestle Invitational at Orlando. Crenshaw finished with a two-under-par round of 70 in the gloom of early evening and scored the 17th victory of his 21-year PGA Tour career. His 280 was eight under par at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club. The course was raked by 30-m.p.h. winds for two days, dampened by drizzle on another and was subjected to a 57-minute rain delay on the final day.
March 21, 1993 |
Ben Crenshaw turned his putting touch into a three-under-par 69 and a one-shot lead after the third round of the $1-million Nestle Invitational Saturday at Orlando, Fla. Crenshaw moved in front of Davis Love III with three critical putts of about 15 feet each. One was for a par on the 15th, and the others for birdies on the 16th and 17th. The latter put Crenshaw, 41, in the lead.
February 24, 1993 |
There was a break in the rain Tuesday at the Riviera Country Club and Ben Crenshaw, who was on the driving range, looked out at the course and said: "I know art when I see it and this is it. There is so much to this course." Crenshaw has played in the Nissan Los Angeles Open, which begins Thursday, every year since 1974. A golf traditionalist, Crenshaw reveres older, established courses and Riviera, which opened for play in June of 1927, is one of his favorites.
July 14, 1992 |
Ben Crenshaw shot 79-71--150 at the North Berwick Golf Club in Scotland and failed to qualify for this week's British Open at Muirfield.
July 6, 1992 |
Ben Crenshaw broke one two-year streak and extended another one with his victory Sunday over Greg Norman in the Western Open at Lemont, Ill. Crenshaw used a late, two-stroke swing to leapfrog over Norman and claim his first victory since 1990. Norman's two-year non-winning string was extended with a second consecutive frustrating runner-up finish in this event. Crenshaw came to the final hole needing a par to stay in front of Norman. He got it with a five-foot putt.
February 22, 1992 |
Ben Crenshaw called it a "blast from the past." And though Crenshaw is in the business of blasting, so to speak, he wasn't referring to a golf shot. This was a photograph. It was a shot of him taking a golf shot on a 1974 cover of Sports Illustrated. A spectator asked Crenshaw to autograph it Friday afternoon, which Crenshaw did, but not before signing a score card placing him in a tie for 15th after the second round of the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines.
February 15, 1991 |
Ben Crenshaw has heard all about "the next Ben Crenshaw." He even had a look for himself at amateur Phil Mickelson's highly touted short game, and said, "It's magic." But Ben Crenshaw is not about to go gentle into the history books just yet as one of the game's outstanding putters. Thursday, Mr. Crenshaw left his young upstart and the rest of the Shearson Lehman Brothers Open field behind after posting a seven-under-par 65 on Torrey Pines' tougher South course.