Category: Ben Crenshaw


December 04, 2013

Ben Crenshaw to co-host radio talk show on SiriusXM

Posted at 8:59 AM by Mike Walker

CrenshawWho knew that so many professional golfers harbored secret desires to be talk radio hosts?

On the heels of the announcement that both Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson will be getting SiruisXM radio shows in 2014, the satellite radio company announced that Ben Crenshaw will co-host a biweekly radio show, debuting next Wednesday (Dec. 11).

The two-time Masters winner will host Crenshaw on Golf, a one-hour show airing every other week on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, with the first episode debuting Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. Eastern. Crenshaw and co-host Ed Clements will talk about today’s game and its players, share stories from Crenshaw’s many years in the sport and discuss golf course design and his favorite venues around the world.

“As a regular listener to SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, I'm looking forward to launching my new show and having the chance to discuss golf architecture, history, instruction and current events on the Tours,” said Crenshaw. “I'll also have some special friends join me on the show from time to time.”

While Crenshaw, 61, is known mainly as a course designer these days, he did play with 14-year-old Chinese player Guan Tianlang at the 2013 Masters. (Guan famously received a penalty for slow play and still made the cut, greatly impressing Crenshaw in the process). Next year, Crenshaw should have a lot to talk about on his show when the U.S. Open returns to Pinehurst No. 2, which he and partner Ben Coore recently restored.

And when it comes to booking high-profile guests, Crenshaw can always call up his good friend George W. Bush. Poulter and Stenson are going to have a hard time topping that.

Photo: Ben Crenshaw at the 2013 Masters (Getty Images)

April 12, 2013

14-year-old Guan slapped with slow-play penalty at Masters

Posted at 3:24 PM by Alan Bastable
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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tianlang Guan, the 14-year-old Chinese sensation who this week became the youngest-ever Masters participant, was assessed a one-stroke penalty for slow play in the second round of the 2013 Masters.

Guan finished his round with a three-over 75, leaving him at 4-over-par for the tournament, a stroke outside the projected cutline at the time. [Update: Guan ended the day inside the cut line and will play the weekend.]    

According to reports, officials gave Guan a warning on the 13th hole, before issuing the penalty four holes later, at the par-4 17th. Guan parred that hole, but was forced to sign for a bogey 5.

The last player to be assessed a slow-play penalty at a major championship was Steve Lowery at the 2004 PGA Championship; the PGA Tour hasn't penalized a player for slow play since Glen Day at the 1995 Honda Classic.

"This isn't going to wind up pretty," said Ben Crenshaw, Guan's playing partner for the first two rounds. "I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry this happened.

"I'm sick. He's 14 years old."

Augusta National released a statement about the Guan penalty on Friday afternoon:

Tianlang Guan was assessed a one-shot penalty for violation of Rule 6-7 of the Rules of Golf and the Tournament’s Pace of Play Policy. His group, which included Ben Crenshaw and Matteo Manassero, was deemed out of position on No. 10. Guan began being timed on Hole 12 and received his first warning on Hole 13 after his second shot. In keeping with the applicable rules, he was penalized following his 2nd shot on the 17th hole when he again exceeded the 40 second time limit by a considerable margin.

(Photo: Getty Images)

April 05, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Convict gives golf lessons to police captain from jail

Posted at 11:53 PM by Mike Walker

Who says the best golf stories are all in Augusta this week?

The Los Angeles Times reports on a thief who got himself transferred from a downtown L.A. jail to Catalina Island and then gave golf lessons to a police captain:

The tiny jail on Catalina Island is hardly Alcatraz. Just ask Frank Carrillo.

The pro golfer turned jewel thief couldn't believe his luck when he was moved out of his bleak Men's Central Jail cell in downtown L.A. and allowed to do his time on the sunny tourist isle.

But things got even cushier when he met a Los Angeles County sheriff's captain interested in shaving a few strokes off his golf game.

Carrillo said Capt. Jeff Donahue escorted him in a patrol Jeep to a hilltop golf course last summer. There, dressed in his yellow inmate jumpsuit, Carrillo said, he gave the captain pointers on how to improve his swing and reduce a double-digit handicap.

Word of the free lesson, however, ended up being costly for Donahue, who is under investigation for an inappropriate relationship with an inmate.

The dog ate his Masters tickets, really
We're a little late with this story about the dog who ate his owner's Masters tickets (hey, we're cat people), but in case you haven't heard, Russ Berkman of Seattle had four tickets to Wednesday's practice rounds at Augusta National, but he left them where his dog Sienna could get to them. We're sure you see where this story is going: dog eats tickets, man induces dog to vomit up tickets, man goes through dog vomit to find ticket pieces and reassembles them. SFGate reports the happy ending:

"We got about 70 percent of all four tickets put together,” he said. “It took about, I don’t know — about three cocktails deep was how long it took to put this thing all together.”

That’s three cocktails for Berkman, not three cocktails for Sierra.

Perhaps even more amazingly, when he contacted Augusta National Golf Club to explain the situation — My dog ate my Masters tickets! — the Masters folks believed him. They reprinted Berkman’s tickets and have them waiting for him in Georgia.

Phil Mickelson, Ben Crenshaw remember Seve
The 2012 Masters is the first one played since two-time Masters champion Seve Ballesteros died last May. Scott Michaux of The Augusta Chronicle talked to current and former players about how much the game misses Ballesteros.

As past Masters Tournament winners gathered for the annual Champions Dinner on Tuesday night, the Spanish golf icon who won two green jackets was dearly missed. It’s the generations of golfers coming up, however, who lost the most with Seve’s passing.

“Golf misses him,” said Ben Crenshaw, the two-time winner who serves as host to the exclusive club of past champions. “He leaves such a void there because he did so much for the European Tour. He started so young, and the European Tour grew up with him. He was a giant over there. He had it all.”

Michaux also talked to Phil Mickelson about Ballesteros.

Mickelson, who said Bal¬le¬steros “was everything I hoped he would be” when he met him in a practice round at Torrey Pines, remembers marveling at the Spaniard’s creativity and touch.

“We were both with Hugo Boss doing photo shoots at Loch Lomond and would do some trick shots out of bunkers,” Mickelson said. “Watching him be able to control the amount of spin or side spin with a 4- or 5-iron out of the bunker, those were the shots that I remember."

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