Crenshaw won back-to-back weeks to open up 1976
Ben Crenshaw shot a closing six under par 66 and captured the Hawaiian Open Golf Tournament on this day by four strokes. Just as he did a week prior when he broke his 2 and half year victory drought, then the 24 year old Texan rallied from three strokes back in the final round. Mounting a comeback, he won the third tournament of his young career with a 270 total, 18 under par...setting a new record at the Waialae Country Club. The victory was worth $46,000 from the total purse of $230,000. It propelled Crenshaw into the top money winning spot with $88,680, which was the best start of his career at that point.
Quick start for Crenshaw
Crenshaws start on the PGA Tour was spectacular, he won in his first ever event at the San Antonio Open in 1973. He became the second player in Tour history to win the first event of his career; this accomplishment was achieved earlier by Marty Fleckman (1967) and later repeated by Jim Benepe (1988), Robert Gamez (1990), Garrett Willis (2001), and Russell Henley (2013).