Tag:ben crane
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:33 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2012 1:23 pm

Matches we'd love to see at the Accenture

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy shake hands earlier this season in Abu Dhabi. (Getty Images)

By Shane Bacon

We know, we know, predicting things in golf is absolutely impossible, but the interesting nature of match play has us thinking ahead. What are the best possible matches that COULD happen this week at the Accenture? These are our favorite possible matchups. 

Nick Watney vs. Tiger Woods (second round) -- Any match Tiger is in will be featured, but I’d love see a player like Watney go up against him Tiger in a fairly even match.

Graeme McDowell vs. Hunter Mahan (second round) -- I’m fairly certain Mahan would love a piece of McDowell in match player after what happened at the 2010 Ryder Cup, and it would be the featured round of Thursday.  

Sergio Garcia vs. Keegan Bradley (second round) -- I’d like this just for the pre-match ceremony where Garcia hands over the “Incredibly Long Pre-Shot Gold Medal.” He’s held it for so many years!  

Adam Scott vs. Dustin Johnson (third round) -- I just like the idea of zero University of Arizona girls going to class on Friday so they can head out and see Mr. Scott vs. Mr. Johnson. 

Lee Westwood vs. Tiger Woods (third round) -- A clash of titans before the quarter-finals? Yes please.  

Rory McIlroy vs. Sergio Garcia (third round) -- Probably the best chance for McIlroy to get upset out of his bracket, Garcia is headed in playing some seriously good golf, and two of the bigger names in the game would bring tons of attention to the Gary Player bracket. 

Martin Kaymer vs. Bubba Watson (third round) -- I think just about everyone would be excited to see this rematch of the 2011 semi-finals, just as long as Kaymer leaves the scarf at home. 

Rory McIlroy vs. Jason Day (quarter-finals) -- I have a feeling this will happen, and I’m absolutely jazzed about it. 

Ben Crane vs. Kevin Na (quarter-finals) -- Can an entire match be put on the clock? Can even the guy putting people on the clock be put on the clock? No chance this isn't the final match of the day. It has to be!   

Rory McIlroy vs. Tiger Woods (semi-finals) -- Do I really need to explain why this would be awesome? 

Luke Donald vs. Tiger Woods (finals) -- Because I’d really like to see Tiger get his first win in something like this, over a bunch of big names, the last being the world number one. I think that would really show just where he is with his golf game, and give the guy about a 400 percent boost, confidence-wise. 

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Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:20 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2012 9:37 pm

Stiff or not, Crane sends 'em running

By Steve Elling 

Obviously, they haven't seen the funny workout video.

Otherwise, the would-be thieves might have known that in the grand scheme of mean, Ben Crane is about as daunting as Mickey Mouse.

The PGA Tour veteran and part-time Internet entertainer has an endorsement deal with ShowMeGolfers, a company with offices in Denmark. Late Friday night, thieves smashed a window at the buildings, where a mannequin dressed at Crane adorns a window.

Apparently spooked after believing the dummy was a real person -- it was holding a real golf club -- the thieves entered the building, but were scared off and bailed without swiping anything.

That's just the beginning. When police officers responded, they thought the Crane mannequin was the robber -- his acting in his wevbsite videos is rather wooden in spots -- so they drew their guns on it and asked the mannequin to drop the weapon.

Cracked Crane on his Twitter account: "It’s just nice that people are finally taking me seriously."

ShowMeGolfers is a new golf application which mixes GPS with a shot tracker and shows it all in real time on the web, so friends can follow you on the golf course.

Category: Golf
Posted on: December 11, 2009 1:29 pm

Agent: This report is wrong, so what about rest?

The torrent of bad news has been unrelenting, with steamy, saucy developments revealed almost daily as the tabloids and celebrity websites chase secret sources, cops leaking documents or folks who knew a dude who once met a chick who served Tiger Woods a glass of orange juice at a Florida pancake house.

Based on sheer volume, it looks darned incriminating. Woods even admitted, however vaguely, to committing indiscretions.

But Thursday, there was a development that should give us pause. To those sitting in the jury box at the court of public opinion, be aware that a news report was posted on a tabloid magazine website that was flatly denied and appears to have been just plain wrong.

“This makes me question the credibility of the other [Tiger] stories, too,” said Tommy Limbaugh, a longtime agent for several PGA Tour players.

The tabloid Life & Style on Thursday posted a story that included scathing comments attributed to one of Limbaugh’s clients, Ben Crane. He was quoted as saying, verbatim: “This is no surprise to anyone who knows Tiger. He's a phony and a fake and he can't retain that squeaky-clean endorsement deal any longer."

Limbaugh said he called the magazine and was told that the interview with Crane was conducted last week at PGA Tour Qualifying School finals. One problem – Crane is fully exempt for 2010 and never set foot in West Palm Beach, Fla., where the finals were staged. Charles Warren, another tour veteran who played at the finals and was quoted in the story, likewise denied speaking with the reporter and said he hadn’t been interviewed by anybody in months.

“Once something is out there, how do you pull it back when it’s wrong?” Limbaugh said. “When the bloggers get hold of it, how do you fix it?”

Limbaugh said the sequence of events has made him rethink the whole Woods feeding frenzy. With Woods remaining mum and refusing to confirm or deny any of the reports, either from tabloids, gossip websites or more traditional news outlets, the easy temptation is to believe almost all of it.

“After what we have been through, I can’t believe all those other stories are true,” Limbaugh said. “I can’t imagine what the Tiger camp is going through. This was one instance [where facts are in dispute]. They are dealing with a runaway train. It has taken on a life of its own.”

When it’s a hot topic, stuff can go viral in a heartbeat.

“I see the bloggers winning and Tiger losing,” Limbaugh said. “There’s just so much stuff out there that hasn’t been confirmed by anybody.”

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