Crenshaw's Last Masters Files: Augusta Chronicle's Take

There will be many farewells to Ben Crenshaw's storied Masters career, and while his two wins will get most of the attention, David Westin reminds us of what an incredible run Gentle Ben had in years not ending in '84 or '95.

Brother Charlie is convinced that Ben could easily have won two more.

“Two or three more times, at least,” Charlie Crenshaw said.

He was in the final pairing of the closing rounds in 1977, 1987, 1988 and 1989. In 1987, he finished one shot out of the playoff involving eventual champion Larry Mize, Greg Norman and Seve Ballesteros. In 1989, he fell one short of joining the playoff with winner Nick Faldo and Scott Hoch.

“There is a lot of great things to remember and a lot of heartache,” said Scotty Sayers, who has known Crenshaw since 1962 and been his manager since late 1984. “There’s no question he could have won in 1987 and 1989.”