The Loop

Crenshaw grinds it out on his own design

May 27, 2010

PARKER, Colo. -- Lee Trevino famously said that two things that don't last are dogs chasing cars and tour pros putting for pars.

Ben Crenshaw was, and remains at age 58, an exception to the latter.

Crenshaw, who designed Colorado GC with Bill Coore, played his first nine holes at the Senior PGA Championship there Thursday morning in even par despite hitting only two greens in regulation. He would go on to finish with an even-par 72.

"Extremely sloppy," Crenshaw could be heard saying after holing a 15-footer for par at No. 14 (his fifth hole).

It was the kind of short-game display that has carried him since he was a long-hitting teen phenom in Austin, Texas. Scott Sayers, Crenshaw's longtime friend and agent was in his gallery and recalled what might be the ultimate Crenshaw scrambling round.

"I saw him hit five greens once at Riviera [in an L.A. Open] and shoot 65," Sayers said as Crenshaw made the turn. "That was pretty good."

-- *Bill Fields *