On this day, In 1988 Ben Crenshaw wins the Doral-Ryder Open by one stroke

Ben Crenshaw

Ben Crenshaw takes Doral for his 14th PGA Tour win

The Blue Monster

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.


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