There are many ways to make par. PGA Tour players prove it every week. But purposefully hitting your drive onto the wrong fairway, way left of the current hole you're playing? That’s what Ben Crane did on his way to par Friday afternoon during the second round of the Zurich Classic.
Playing with Dustin Johnson and Jason Day, Crane turned left from the 6th fairway that Johnson and Day aimed for and launched a drive over some bushes and trees to a blind landing area. He did it by design.
Crane landed 247 yards away on the 5th hole, likely much closer than his drive would have taken him down the 6th, in which much of the left side of the fairway is bordered by a pond.
Johnson and Day, widely considered much longer hitters than Crane, sat in the 6th fairway at 157 and 168 yards from the pin, respectively, after hitting their drives just less than 300 yards.
Crane’s 247-yard drive landed far from them, but was just as near the pin, sitting just 163 yards away. He then landed his approach on the green and two-putted for par, the same score as Day and Johnson, just like he drew it up.