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Tour Report: No. 45 Ben Crane


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To preview the 2013 PGA TOUR season, PGATOUR.COM is counting down the Top 100 Players to Watch in 2013. For an archive page with the top 100 players and for an explanation on how the list was compiled, click here.

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2013 PREVIEW: Ben Crane was bothered by inflammation around a disk in his back late in the season but with rest, he expected to be able to prepare for 2013 as he would any other year. That’s good because the de facto leader of the “Golf Boys” tends to play well at the start of the season, witness those three top 10s in his first four starts last year.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Some would say it was the rap-session on the 16th tee with Bubba Watson during the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. It must have been an omen because Crane closed with a 66 to finish a season-best second, one shot short of denying Kyle Stanley his redemptive win. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Shame on us for not knowing how funny Ben can be. For years we just thought of him as a slow player. Crane has picked up the pace and picked up laughs on the way. He played the 16th hole in Phoenix wearing a helmet from one of his videos. Did you know Ben is also very good at table tennis? — Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: Submitted a virtual carbon copy of 2011 albeit sans a victory. Also did the majority of his damage very early in the year. Seems to have learned how to manage a chronic back injury, so don’t lose any sleep over that, but it downgrades his value a bit since he’s been limited to 23 starts the last two years. — Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert

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Regular Season ranking


Final Playoffs ranking


Best finish 2nd Waste Management Phoenix Open

Starts: 23

Cuts made: 16

Rounds played: 72

Top-10 finishes: 4

Money List rank: 46th

Driving distance: 122nd

Driving accuracy: 50th

Greens in regulation: 105th

Strokes gained-putting: 19th

Scoring average: 73rd

By the Numbers TOUR ranking


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