Ben Crane pays off $6,000 putting contest debt after Twitter call-out

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC – APRIL 14: Ben Crane plays his tee shot on the sixth hole during the second round of the 2017 RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on April 14, 2017 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

At the start of the week, Ben Crane hadn’t paid up on a $6,000 debt dating back to a 45-minute putting contest during the week of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Frustrated, the debt collector didn’t know what to do, so he turned to friend, mentor and journeyman PGA Tour pro Tom Gillis. Gillis didn’t waste time, turning to Twitter to call out Crane. Without naming who Crane owed, Gillis called out his fellow veteran for not paying up on the debt and suggesting he wanted a game of ping-pong to try to settle the debt.


It later came out, with the help of a Charley Hoffman Instagram post, that Crane owed the money to Daniel Berger.


The public shaming appeared to work, with it coming out late Thursday that Crane and Berger had settled up at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Crane, without delving into detail, said things were “all good.”

“I wish it didn’t come to that, but it’s all taken care of,” Berger told Golf Digest. “It’s crazy how powerful social media can be.”

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