Ben Crane was born on this day in 1976, in Portland, Oregon. He was age five when his grandfather taught him how to play golf, and he grew up playing at the nearby Portland Golf Club where Ben Hogan won the 1945 Portland Open.
Crane turned professional in 1999 and won an event on the second tier Nationwide Tour (now Web.com Tour) in both 2000 and 2001. Crane earned a PGA Tour card for 2002, and the following season won for the first time on the PGA Tour at the BellSouth Classic. He also had a win in 2005. In February 2006, just before he turned thirty, he was the highest-ranked American golfer under that age in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Crane is also considered one of the slowest players in the tour. On at least two occasions his extremely slow progress through a course has become a media issue, including one in which a fellow tour player Rory Sabbatini played out of turn.
He picked up his fourth win on the PGA Tour in 2011 at the McGladrey Classic, defeating Webb Simpson in a playoff. Crane shot a final round 63 to make the playoff, having at one stage been eight strokes back of the leader. The round included eight birdies and one bogey in ten holes from the 8th thru to the 17th.
In early December 2009, Life & Style magazine reported that Crane had called Tiger Woods a "fake and a phony" due to Woods's recently publicized marital infidelity. Crane denied making the remarks, stating that he was not even at Q-school where the magazine said he was interviewed. “My wife and I have prayed for Tiger and Elin and we want nothing but the best for them,” Crane said.