Ben Crane had to play 30-holes on Sunday to secure his wire-to-wire win, but the American stood strong and became the first man to lead from start to finish on the PGA Tour since Lee Westwood in 2010.
Crane revealed that he had to dig deep mentality to keep his momentum going, allowing him to get back to basics and take some of the pressure off.
“I mean I had every thought going through my head. I had the thought of ‘Hey, let's try to build this lead, hey, let's just try to hang on to this lead,’” said Crane
“You have every thought, but at the end of the day, all you can do is just buckle down on this shot and do your best and then that's it.”
It’s no secret that Crane, a member of the PGA Tour boyband ‘Golf Boys’, has been struggling with his game for a long while. He went into the tournament ranked 262nd in the world. He is now 101 in the rankings.
Ben Crane's faith
Crane, who is committed Christian, revealed that he had worried his career was winding down.
“Lord, if it's not golf, I will love you. But if it is, that would be really fun but I know you'll provide something else that will be just as meaningful,” he asked God.
Following that, Crane’s hard work began.
"I really buckled down and did a lot of imagery work in my head." - Ben Crane.
“I love the game but the game is hard and sometimes the harder you try the harder the game gets,” said Crane.
“I just really simplified everything at Byron Nelson and got a little momentum going, finished 37th place but that felt like just a huge lift to me
“I didn't get in the Colonial which is one of my favourite tournaments and so that was a bummer. I went to the qualifier after two weeks off and I played terrible. It was a wake-up call.
“I really buckled down and did a lot of imagery work in my head, talked to my mental coach and really tried to get ready.”
Ben Crane takes home his first title on the tour since 2011’s McGladrey Classic.
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