Ben Crenshaw takes Doral for his 14th PGA Tour win
Big Ben Crenshaw won the Doral-Ryder Open on this day using his powerful form & steady putting to guide him to victory. The Texan started the final round four shots behind the third-round leader, Bobby Wadkins. But Crenshaw birdied two of the difficult last four holes on the Doral Country Club’s 6,939-yard Blue Monster course to shoot a six-under-par 66 without a bogey for a winning score of 14-under 274. That gave him just a one stroke cushion over Mark McCumber & Chip Beck, who were just one group back. Crenshaw eagerly waited behind the 18th green to see if they could force a playoff.
”I didn’t want to look,” said Crenshaw, who stood 5 feet off the green watching intently.
McCumber, the Floridian who won the 1979 and 1985 Doral Opens, had a 68 for 275. Beck, who gained his first PGA Tour victory last week, scored 70 for 275. McCumber came up short on a 25-foot birdie try at 18 and then Beck rolled his 30-foot sidehill putt 8 inches under the cup at 18.
”I told my wife this morning that I needed 66 to win,” Crenshaw said. ”And that’s just what I did. The best part today was no bogeys.”
Crenshaw, who has one major victory to his credit with the 1984 Masters, achieved the 14th triumph of his 16-year PGA Tour career. With the $180,000 first prize, he increased his career earnings to $3,208,333, That put him seventh on the career money list in 1988.