AVONDALE, La. – The social-media controversy surrounding Ben Crane’s putting-contest debt is now over. PGA Tour veteran Tom Gillis took to Twitter on Wednesday to call out Crane for allegedly owing his “friend" $6,000 for a lost putting contest in Phoenix. More players got dragged into the mix, with Charley Hoffman posting on Instagram that it was Daniel Berger who had won the contest and been stiffed out of the cash. Crane denied comment on Wednesday afternoon, but he said after his first round Thursday that “it’s all good.” “One thing was said and another thing was said. It was miscommunicated,” Crane said. “But we’re all good. We had a great conversation about it.” Crane said that he has yet
Lexi Thompson was emotional throughout the back stretch of the ANA Inspiration after a controversial rules decision. Lexi Thompson is playing this week for the first time since the LPGA’s first major of the year, the ANA Inspiration, during which she was retroactively given twin two-stroke penalties in the final round for improperly replacing her ball on the putting green in Saturday’s third round. Thompson has been off for three weeks, choosing not to play in the Tour’s Lotte Championship in Hawaii, returning for the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout in Irving.
Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia have had a contentious relationship over the years. Despite being European Ryder Cup teammates, tensions have flared between the two on the course, and in interview rooms, most notably at the 2007 British Open and 2008 PGA Championship, where Harrington defeated Garcia. “I would say to you that right now at this very moment, my relationship with Sergio is the best it has ever been," Harrington told Keogh.