ESPN Music: Golf Boys
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.
April, 19, 2012
By Steve Etheridge | Special to ESPN.com
World Puberty Champion Justin Bieber has a lot of friends in high places. He’s crooned for Sasha and Malia, he’s collaborated with Kanye and Drake and I think he’s even given the Pope skateboarding lessons. Or was it Nelson Mandela?
Either way, the kid’s got some A-list contacts in his iPhone. So it should come as no surprise that following fellow pop singer (of the Golf Boys) Bubba Watson’s win at the Masters, Biebs was the only person he spoke with on the phone.
"He called me and I talked to him on the phone and he and Selena [Gomez] were congratulating me, and it was a big honor that they would both call me and talk to me," Watson said in a recent interview with E! News.
While it’s still up to the jury whether this helps or hurts Bubba’s street cred, it’s refreshing to be living in a time when hotshot grown-ups show respect to hotshot youngsters. Imagine Bieber and Johnny Unitas trying to get along: “Time for a haircut, young man.”