At the end of the 2009 season Crane gathered his "team"—his wife, caddie, swing coach, mental coach, short-game coach, physical therapist and manager—and had the group dissect Ben Crane. "It was the first time I was really honest with myself about what I was doing well and not well as a golfer," Crane said. This gang of eight met again at the end of last year. They'll do it again at the end of this year. Ever since the '09 Open at Turnberry, Crane's been playing as if his life depended on it. Not his living. His life.
You may not be able to see it, but he can. He's not worried about the convex fairways at St. George's anymore. Yes, he is worried about the luggage carts and driving on the wrong side of the road. He's still a little weirded out by the little British grocery stores with their little apples in little shrink-wrapped packages. But the other stuff, Open fairways and Open bounces and Open weather? Ben Crane has a three-word mantra for all that too: Bring it on.