Crane holds off Aussies at Torrey Pines

Ben Crane won his first PGA Tour event since the US Bank Championship in Milwaukee in mid 2005 when, despite stumbling over the final few holes, he today held on to win the Farmers Insurance Championship at Torrey Pines.

Arguably the most exciting prospects in Australian golf, Michael Sim and Marc Leishman, shared second with Brandt Snedeker just one shot behind Crane, both having opportunities of winning the tournament although the US$395,000 they each earned will be significant compensation.

Sim chose to lay up at the last when perhaps there was the opportunity to go for it at the par five while Leishman had no option after finding the fairway bunker.

The big move of the day came from 51 year old Michael Allen who shared 5th position, his last round of 65 on the demanding South Course belying his age. Allen actually turned 51 on Sunday. He shared 5th with Rickie Fowler, Ernie Els and Alex Prugh whose New Zealand Open title was taken yesterday by Robert Gates.

Robert Allenby appeared as he if he might finally win his first PGA Tour event since 2001 when he moved to 5 under for the day through 13 holes but his bizarre finish cost him any chance. He dropped shots at the 14th and 15th before a triple bogey at the 17th cost him any remote chance he might have had. He produced a brilliant approach to the final hole from 240 yards to 5 feet to finish with an eagle but the damage had been done.

David Lutterus was 27th, Mathew Goggin 42nd and Matt Jones 58th.

The PGA Tour now moves north to Los Angeles for this week's Northern trust open at the Riviera Country Club.


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A multi-award winning golf journalist, Bruce's extensive knowledge of and background in the game of golf comes from several years caddying the tournament circuits of the world, marketing a successful golf course design company and as one of Australia's leading golf journalists and commentators.

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