The PGA Tour is often void of any true beefs and drama. Tom Gillis and Ben Crane may have just become the exception.
Gillis, a veteran PGA Tour member who lost to Jordan Spieth in a playoff at the 2015 John Deere Classic, claimed on Twitter that fellow Tour pro Ben Crane owes another golfer $6,000 from a lost bet.
@bencranegolf Not only do u STEAL players time on the course now your not paying off your bets. 6k on putting green. Minister wld b proud— Tom Gillis (@tcgillis) April 25, 2017
Crane, who is one of the most notoriously slow players on Tour, is also regarded as one of its best putters.
Though Gillis' original tweet was published Tuesday, he has been locked in a battle with curious professional and amateur golfers regarding this alleged bet that, by the way, did not even include Gillis.
No this is a person I've known since he was 14 who confided in me as to what to do. This was 2.5 months ago he lost. Accountability https://t.co/CF8I1RCtz3— Tom Gillis (@tcgillis) April 26, 2017
Gillis goes on to explain that his unidentified "friend" won the bet on a putting green during the Phoenix Open.
Evidently, Crane has offered to play Ping-pong to settle the score. Gillis, apparently, does not think that would be a suitable replacement.
Not much of a story. One dude lost 6k and won't pay. He thinks he should get to play PING PONG to even it up. What's next a big wheel race? https://t.co/xpxXX9wwaM— Tom Gillis (@tcgillis) April 26, 2017
Crane has become a beloved face on the PGA Tour for his active role in the popular "Golf Boys" videos, featuring himself, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan. He has not yet responded via Twitter to the accusations.
Golf has a bit of a reputation for excessive side-betting among players, but rarely does it get thrown into the public light like this.