SI: How did you feel about being named the Tour's slowest player,
in a landslide?
BC: I really debated whether I should talk about this. Being
labeled a slow player isn't a good thing.
SI: At least you've made a lasting impression on your colleagues.
BC: Yeah, but not for the right reasons. Even if I become one of
the fastest players on Tour, I'll still be labeled as the slow
guy. Once you've been labeled a slow player, you're stuck for
SI: Are you saying you don't like being known as a guy who really
takes his time?
BC: I don't want this hanging over my head. Last year it was
definitely a problem, but I've been doing things differently this
SI: What made you so slow?
BC: My former caddie and I had a routine where he'd read the
green from one side and I'd read it from the other. Then we'd
switch sides, and then he and I would conference. It was too
much. Now I read all the putts myself.
SI: Good grief! What else had been slowing you down?
BC: Believe it or not, I didn't want to step on anyone's toes.
The majority of the time I outdrove my playing partners, and I
would wait till everyone hit before going to my ball, getting the
yardage, choosing a club and then hitting the shot. I didn't want
to upset the other guys while they were assessing their shots. I
didn't realize that was slowing me down.
SI: Have you always been deliberate?
BC: In high school and college you can get away with playing slow
because you'd end up waiting on the next tee anyway. When I got
to the Tour, it was a shock to see how quick the pace was.
SI: How many times were you put on the clock last year?
BC: I don't know.
SI: You don't know or you don't want to say?
BC: I don't know.
SI: What do you think of the new slow-play rules on Tour this
BC: They're fantastic. They've really encouraged me to pick up
SI: Have any players left nasty notes in your locker because of
your leisurely pace?
BC: I won't name names, but I've had a couple of players come up
to me and tell me I'm not getting the work done.
SI: Is there anything you do quickly?
BC: I'm a fast eater.
COLOR PHOTO: ROBERT BECK SPEED READER Crane is concentrating on picking up his pace.