Ben Daniel Crenshaw was born January 11, 1952 in Austin, Texas, where he would grow up. He was a natural on the golf course from a young age.
Crenshaw would attend the University of Texas to play golf, where he won three straight NCAA championships from 1971-1973.
In 1973, he would turned pro, where he would become just the second player ever to win his first tournament. Marty Fleckman did it in 1967 and later repeated by Robert Gamez (1990), Garrett Willis (2001), and Russell Henley (2013).
Crenshaw would play well in tournaments, but fall just short in the majors. He had five runner-up finishes in major championships without a victory, including losing a sudden-death playoff for the 1979 PGA Championship,
But in 1984 it was his time to shine, as his -11 was good enough to capture the Masters. He would again win the Masters title in 1995 with a -14 tournament.
Amazingly Crenshaw continued to win in the 1980s despite suffering from Graves' disease. He has 19 career victories on the PGA Tour, and 29 overall as a professional.
Crenshaw, known simply as "Gentle Ben", is considered to be one of the best putters the game has ever seen. His golf swing also is a thing of beauty. Take a look at some of his best career moments:
Happy birthday, Ben Crenshaw.