1994: Ben Crenshaw wins Freeport-McMoran Golf Classic his last victory before the 1995 Masters


On this day, In 1994 Ben Crenshaw fired a 4-under-par 68 for a three-stroke victory at the $1.2 million Freeport-McMoran Golf Classic.  Crenshaw’s 72-hole total of 15-under 273 broke Tim Simpson’s tournament record of 14-under 274, set in 1989. Crenshaw was three shots better than Jose Maria Olazabal, who shot a final-round 69.

The victory was the 18th of Crenshaw’s career and marked the third straight year in which he was captured at least one tournament. This would be Crenshaw’s final PGA Tour Victory nefore he won an very emotional Masters the next year.

The 42-year-old Texan shared the third-round lead with Sam Torrance but grabbed sole possession of the top spot by birdying the first two holes at the English Turn Golf and Country Club. He added a birdie on the par-4 fifth hole before a double bogey at the 10th. Crenshaw responded with birdies on three of the next four holes and cruised to his first victory since the 1993 Nestle Invitational.  Crenshaw’s triumph was worth $216,000.

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