ESPN Music: Rickie Fowler
May, 21, 2012
By Theresa Manahan | ESPN.com
Golfer Ben Crane says people used to think he was boring. But now, “I think we’re slowly breaking through that one.” He has his music career to thank.
Last June, Crane teamed up with Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan to form the PGA boy band Golf Boys and produce their first single, “Oh Oh Oh,” in the run-up to the U.S. Open.
In the two-minute video, Crane donned a helmet and unitard, Watson sported overalls and the beginning of a mullet, Mahan moonlighted as a European sugar daddy and Fowler feigned a punk juvenile delinquent. But it was all for a good cause, as Farmers Insurance sponsored the project and donated $1,000 to charity for every 100,000 YouTube hits. To date, the video is nearing 5 million views.
It would seem their shamelessness is paying off, as all four have excelled so far this season. Most notably, Watson is the reigning Masters champion, but Mahan also raked in two wins at the WGC Match Play and Houston Open, Crane finished second in the Phoenix Open and Fowler is on a hot streak with a win at the Wells Fargo Championship and a second place finish at The Players.
The follow-up single to “Oh Oh Oh” isn’t yet in the works, but Crane says they are welcoming tryouts and would like to get back together. Auditions, perhaps? “Call me Simon Cowell,” he says.