Ben Crane of the USA won the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island, Georgia, coming through a playoff against his countryman Webb Simpson.

Crane wasn’t even certain he would play at the start of the week. His wife was due to give birth this Monday via Caesarian section and he had a hip injury that was beginning to feel worse.

“What the heck am I doing here?” said Crane as he sat beside the trophy at the end of the tournament.

Crane was a full seven shots off the lead with just 11 holes left to play, but four straight birdies around the turn, then another four birdies on the back nine were enough to force him into a tie at the top of the leaderboard with Webb Simpson.

Sudden-death was required to separate the pair and it was over on the second extra hole when Simpson missed a short putt.

Although disappointed not to take the title, Simpson could console himself with the fact that his second place cheque for $432,000 was sufficient to take him past Luke Donald at the top of the PGA Tour money list.

“Finishing second is going to make it a lot harder for Luke,” Simpson said. “But I’m sure he’s going to play well. He’s played well most every week this year. I still wouldn’t be surprised if I have a little work to do next week.”

It was a good week for two South African former Major winners Louis Oosthuizen and Trevor Immelman. They finished in third and fourth places respectively.

The McGladrey Classic
Seaside Course, Sea Island, Georgia
Oct 13-16, purse $4,000,000, par 70

1   Ben Crane (USA)      65   70   67   63   265   $720,000
2   Webb Simpson (USA)   63   67   69   66   265   $432,000

3   Michael Thompson (USA) 65   65   67   69   266   $272,000   
4   Louis Oosthuizen (RSA)   65   67   69   66   267   $192,000

5   Trevor Immelman (RSA) 66   71   62   69   268   $160,000
T6   Angel Cabrera (Arg)   65   70   68   67   270   $125,200
T6   Scott McCarron (USA)   64   70   68   68   270   $125,200
T6   Nick O’Hern (Aus)   65   67   69   69   270   $125,200
T6   Jeff Overton (USA)   66   69   66   69   270   $125,200

T6   Kevin Streelman (USA)   66   70   66   68   270   $125,200

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage only