On this day, In 1987 Ben Crenshaw wins the USF&G Classic over Curtis Strange

USF&G Classic

Crenshaw wins the USF&G Classic over Strange

Ben Crenshaw used reliable putting to score a three-stroke victory over Curtis Strange in the USF&G Classic.  Crenshaw led the entire final round, shooting a five-under-par 67. He earned the 13th title of his career with a 268 total, 20 strokes under par on the Lakewood Country Club course.  The victory was worth $90,000 from the total purse of $500,000 and pushed Crenshaw’s earning for the year to $227,957.

Strange, who had a closing 67, finished second alone at 271, 17 under par.  Crenshaw’s total was only one stroke off the course record.  Long noted as a top putter, Crenshaw was at his best in the final round.  Although he found it almost impossible to stay on the short grass over the back nine, he made four par-saving putts on the last seven holes, which were critical in turning back the late bid of Strange.  Strange, four strokes behind at the turn, closed within two but couldn’t get closer.


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