Crane Wins McGladrey Classic; Simpson Takes Over Money List Lead
Ben Crane came from behind to defeat Webb Simpson and win his fourth career PGA TOUR event. The 35-year old Crane made eight birdies during his final round to force a playoff with Simpson before earning the victory.
(Ben Crane wins the McGladrey Classic. Photo: PGATOUR.com)
The win was unlikely for Crane who trailed by seven strokes with eleven holes to play. It wasn't until his four consecutive birdies on holes 8-11 that he was really in contention. Crane then put together another stretch of four consecutive birdies on holes 14-17 to move to 15-under for the tournament. Crane wouldn't need a birdie to win the playoff, a par on the second playoff hole was good enough as Simpson missed a short par putt to extend the match.
Webb Simpson Takes PGA TOUR Money List Lead
Webb Simpson may have come up short in his quest for a third victory in 2011 but all was not lost for the rookie. Simpson earned $432,000 for his second place finish and moved ahead of Luke Donald for the top spot on the PGA TOUR Money List. Simpson, who has played in 25 events this season, has earned $6,200,243 while Donald has earned $5,837,214 in just 18 events.*
Simpson came into the McGladrey Classic trailing Donald by almost $70,000. The earnings this week put him more than $360,000 ahead of Donald with just one event left and both players will be playing next week in the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Donald, the top ranked player in the world, currently holds the lead on the European Tour Money List and still has the opportunity to earn the top spot on the PGA TOUR's money list next week.
The final PGA TOUR event of the Fall Series takes place next week at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. Robert Garrigus is the defending champion.
*Stats via PGATOUR.com