Category archive: Ben Crane

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A variety of injuries struck at the 96th PGA Championship, causing six players to withdraw from the year's final major during the first two rounds.

On Friday alone four players headed home early, including two-time major winner Angel Cabrera with a shoulder injury. Also stepping aside were Kiradech Aphibarnrat with a knee problem, Ben Crane with back issues and Boo Weekley also with a shoulder injury.

On Thursday, defending champion Jason Dufner and Matt Kuchar both said they couldn't continue at Valhalla Golf Club. Dufner has been experiencing neck problems since the Masters and Kuchar cited back spasms during his warm-up before the round began.

HOYLAKE, England -- Two years ago, Ben Crane was on the alternate list for the Open at Royal Lytham and decided not to make the journey to England. As it turned out, his number was called and he would have gotten into the field.

Faced with the same decision this year, Crane opted to make the journey. His route of travel on Wednesday took him from Portland to Seattle to New York and then to London. He then made the drive to Hoylake and was at the course early Thursday morning, waiting.

And it could be a long wait. The span of tee times runs nearly 10 hours, and Crane will wait to see whether somebody withdraws.