Ben Crenshaw, Gentle Ben, Hall of Fame 2002…
Ben Crenshaw is always someone that will surprise you; whether is was winning in his 1st pro tournament he ever played in in 1973. In 1987, he became one of the few players in history to record top-10 finishes in all four major championships in the same season. Or how about losing his mentor and coach, Harvey Penick and then winning a emotional second Masters Tournament in 1995. He is a Austin, Texas native through and through making it fitting for him to win the Texas Open for the second time. It must be that Crenshaw felt comfortable playing in Texas and he proved it once again.[su_pullquote align=”right”]”If we are to preserve the integrity of golf as left to use by our forefathers, it is up to all of us to carry on the true spirit of the game.” -Ben Crenshaw[/su_pullquote]
Ben Crenshaw & The Vantage Texas Open
Gentle Ben shot a 6-under-par 64 and scored a one-shot victory over Payne Stewart Sunday in the storm-shortened, 54-hole Vantage Golf Championship at San Antonio, Texas. The scheduled 36-hole, two-round finish Sunday was reduced to one round because of a thunderstorm. Crenshaw finished with a 196 total, 14-under-par, matching the low 54-hole total on the PGA Tour this season.
The victory was worth $180,000. Meanwhile, Scott Hoch finished as the tour`s scoring leader and won the Vardon Trophy and Greg Norman added $58,000 to his bankroll without even being present for the final round of the Vantage Championship. The Vantage event was the last tournament of the year in the nine statistical races sponsored by the PGA — each of which carries a prize of $25,000 for the winner. Norman finished the year as the putting leader and with more rounds under par. He also won $8,000 as part of the Vantage Cup points competition which ended Sunday.