UPDATE: Ben Crane pays off $6,000 bet following Tom Gillis complaint

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UPDATE: Ben Crane pays off $6,000 bet following Tom Gillis complaint

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UPDATE: Ben Crane pays off $6,000 bet following Tom Gillis complaint

UPDATE (April 27, 6:06 p.m. ET):

Crane has clarified that everything is all good now. The original victim in question appeared to be Daniel Berger, but it appears the bet is now paid.

UPDATE (April 27, 3:25 p.m. ET):

Crane has paid off the bet, according to Gillis.

UPDATE (April 26, 4:19 p.m. ET):

PGA Tour pro Charley Hoffman appears to be getting in commentary on Crane and paying wagers.

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Wagering plays a large role in golf. Just ask Michael Jordan.

So when a betting situation goes wrong involving a player on the PGA Tour – where the amount of money wagered can get quite high – matters aren’t going to be too civil.

Tom Gillis, a 48-year-old who took a job as a high school golf coach earlier this year after posting 188 career starts on the PGA Tour, took issue publicly Tuesday with Ben Crane, accusing the five-time PGA Tour winner of not paying out on a $6,000 bet.

Gillis’ public comment came via Twitter, and the message also included a snipe at Crane’s reputation for slow play.

Gillis certainly isn’t mincing words. Gillis did clarify his claims, though, stating that he wasn’t the one owed the money.

That’s not the end of this, though. Gillis, naturally, got some comments on this one, and he posted several responses that either specified the alleged situation further, displayed his frustration or brought humor.

Gillis is a man of his word. It appears he did handle this alleged situation, as he noted this afternoon that it looks like Crane has gotten the message and will indeed pay up.

Let’s be clear: These are Gillis’ words. There’s been no commentary from Crane on the situation. At this point, it’s Gillis alleging that Crane is not paying out, but it is just that: An allegation. There’s no true confirmation on this story yet.

Even with that, we’ll see if that supposed conclusion does indeed arrive Thursday. For now, though, Gillis has made one thing especially clear: If he thinks you messed with one of his friends, you’ll hear about it.

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