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Monday, October 17, 2011

The Limerick Summary: 2011 McGladrey Classic

Winner: Ben Crane

Around the wider world of golf: A very interesting weekend indeed! Both Jason Kokrak at the Nationwide's Miccosukee Championship and Fred Couples at the Champions Tour's AT&T Championship won by 7 strokes; Tom Lewis won the Portugal Masters on the ET, getting his Tour card in only 3 starts as a pro; Saiki Fujita won the JLPGA's Fujitsu Ladies, denying Sun-Ju Ahn her 5th title this season; and Na Yeon Choi, who finished runner-up to Yani Tseng last week, turned the tables and beat Yani at the LPGA's Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.

Ben Crane needs a crane to hoist this trophy

And he did it without a snakeshaker!

He didn't even know if he'd get to finish the tournament. Ben Crane's wife is scheduled to deliver their latest child today, and he was ready to go early if the call came. Fortunately, the kid waited for a couple of playoff holes so Dad could get some hardware as well. (BTW, I hear the kid's already got all the leotards he or she could possibly want...)

While everyone talked about Webb Simpson's upcoming duel with Luke Donald for the money title -- looks like Luke's about $363k behind now -- and Bud Cauley nabbing a Tour card -- the kid picked up another $64k as well -- the old SnakeShaker himself debuted a new motto: "Make wins, not videos." The new dad-to-be posted a 63, going 7-under in his last 11 holes to take the clubhouse lead...

Where, like his wife, he waited.

Only Webb Simpson was up to the challenge. He parred in while Michael Thompson, who led most of the day, bogeyed the last to miss the playoff. Then Crane shook Simpson off his trail on the second playoff hole.

Ben Crane isn't just a funnyman, he's a magician once he gets it going. After a slow year, it looks like he's found something. (Perhaps the specter of a huge hospital bill was all the coaching he needed.) At any rate, we'll see if he can carry this mojo onward after the newest Cranelet arrives.

I know he probably won't have time to read it, but here's a Limerick Summary for the man who proved he doesn't need a leotard to get some TV time:
My friends, here's the scoop on Ben Crane:
His humor is slightly insane,
His leotard's lame,
His workouts can maim…
But his golf skills are purely arcane.
The photo came from PGATOUR.com's front page.

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