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Full name  Ben Daniel Crenshaw
College  University of Texas
Caddy  Bud Jackson
Residence  Austin, Texas
Height  1.75 m
Nationality  United States
Role  Golfer
Nickname  Gentle Ben
Name  Ben Crenshaw

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Born  January 11, 1952 (age 63) Austin, Texas (1952-01-11)
Weight  157 lb (71 kg; 11.2 st)
Spouse  Julie Crenshaw (m. 1985), Polly Crenshaw (m. 1976–1985)
Children  Claire Susan Crenshaw, Katherine Vail Crenshaw, Anna Riley Crenshaw
Parents  Pearl Johnson Crenshaw, Charles Edward Crenshaw IV
Similar People  Carl Jackson, Tom Kite, Harvey Penick, Davis Love III, Tiger Woods

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Ben Daniel Crenshaw (born January 11, 1952) is a retired American professional golfer who has won 19 events on the PGA Tour, including two major championships: the Masters Tournament in 1984 and 1995. He is nicknamed Gentle Ben.


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Born in Austin, Texas, Crenshaw attended and played golf at Austin High School and the University of Texas, where he won three NCAA Championships from 1971 to 1973. He was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. He turned professional in 1973.

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In 1973, Crenshaw became the second player in Tour history to win the first event of his career; this accomplishment was achieved earlier by Marty Fleckman (1967) and later repeated by Jim Benepe (1988), Robert Gamez (1990), Garrett Willis (2001), and Russell Henley (2013). Following five runner-up finishes in major championships without a victory, including losing a sudden-death playoff for the 1979 PGA Championship, in 1984 he won The Masters. In the mid-1980s, he suffered from Graves' disease, a disease of the thyroid, but he continued to accumulate victories, finishing with 19 on the PGA Tour, including an emotional second Masters victory in 1995, which came a week after the death of his mentor Harvey Penick.

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In 1999, he was selected as captain of the United States Ryder Cup team for the matches at The Country Club, Brookline, Massachusetts. He was criticized from some quarters for his captaincy over the first two days as his team slipped to a 10-6 deficit; however, he was ultimately credited for providing the inspiration behind his side's remarkable turnaround in the Sunday singles, as the U.S. won 8 ½ of the final day's 12 points to regain the Cup.

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Crenshaw won several professional events outside the PGA Tour, including individual and team titles in the World Cup of Golf in 1988. He was among the top ten on McCormack's World Golf Rankings from 1976 to 1981 inclusive, and returned to spend 80 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking from 1987 to 1989. In 1987, he became one of the few players in history to finish in the top ten of all four major championships in the same season without winning any of them.

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Crenshaw is widely regarded as one of the best putters in golf history. His instructor growing up, Harvey Penick, taught him a smooth, effortless stroke on the greens, which allowed him to master even the speediest of greens–including those at Augusta National Golf Club. In winning the Masters in 1995, "Gentle Ben" did not record a single three-putt during the tournament.

Since 1986, Crenshaw has been a partner with Bill Coore in Coore & Crenshaw, a golf course design firm.

The 2015 Masters was the 44th and final for Crenshaw.

Amateur wins (13)

  • 1968 International Jaycee Junior Golf Tournament
  • 1971 NCAA Championship, Eastern Amateur, Southern Amateur
  • 1972 NCAA Championship (tie with Tom Kite), Eastern Amateur, Porter Cup, Trans-Mississippi Amateur
  • 1973 NCAA Championship, Western Amateur, Sunnehanna Amateur, Southern Amateur, Northeast Amateur
  • PGA Tour wins (19)

    PGA Tour playoff record (0–8)

    Other wins (9)

  • 1975 Texas State Open
  • 1979 Texas State Open
  • 1980 Texas State Open
  • 1981 Mexican Open
  • 1985 Shootout at Jeremy Ranch (with Miller Barber)
  • 1988 World Cup (team title with Mark McCumber), World Cup Individual Trophy
  • 1991 Fred Meyer Challenge (with Paul Azinger)
  • 1995 PGA Grand Slam of Golf
  • Senior wins (1)

  • 2009 Wendy's Champions Skins Game (with Fuzzy Zoeller)
  • Results timeline

    LA = Low amateur
    CUT = missed the halfway cut
    WD = withdrew
    "T" indicates a tie for a place.


  • Most consecutive cuts made – 13 (twice)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 6 (1975 U.S. Open – 1977 Masters)
  • Notable

  • He played on four Ryder Cup teams (1981, 1983, 1987, 1995) and captained the 1999 team.
  • 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. Ed Dudley, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Doug Sanders, Miller Barber, Jack Nicklaus, Hale Irwin, Tom Watson, Tiger Woods, Sergio García, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, and Vijay Singh have also achieved the feat.
  • In 1991, Crenshaw was given the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf.
  • His stepmother, Roberta Crenshaw, was an Austin-area philanthropist.
  • He is now a noted golf course designer, working in partnership with Bill Coore.
  • He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002.
  • He is the 2006 Kappa Alpha Order Sportsman of the Year.
  • "If we are to preserve the integrity of golf as left to us by our forefathers, it is up to all of us to carry on the true spirit of the game."
  • U.S. national team appearances


  • Eisenhower Trophy: 1972 (winners)
  • Professional

  • Ryder Cup: 1981 (winners), 1983 (winners), 1987, 1995, 1999 (winners, non-playing captain)
  • World Cup: 1987, 1988 (winners, individual winner)
  • Kirin Cup: 1988 (winners)
  • Dunhill Cup: 1995
  • Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (representing Senior PGA Tour): 2002
  • References

    Ben Crenshaw Wikipedia

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